I Stuck My Arm into Thousands of WEAVER ANTS

I Stuck My Arm into Thousands of WEAVER ANTS


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AC ant farm today! And now enjoy today’s ant episode! Speaking of trees and being vigilant, making
sure everything was in order, I noticed the Canopy of Vortexia, our tree-top forest home
to our aggressive Weaver Ant Colony, The Emerald Empire was in need of some serious maintenance. First, the piping of the rain system had unstuck
from the glass. Also, the trees have seriously overgrown and
they needed to be cut back big time! But there’s just one problem, the only way
in was to open these front glass doors and well, it seems the weaver ants had decided
to fuse its main leaf nest to the glass. Oh boy! This whole maintenance operation was going
to be interesting! Last week, we had a fun-filled journey exploring
various kingdoms in our AC Antiverse. We visited Pacmania, this moss-adorned home
of our Surinam horned frog. Also, we prepped the moat surrounding Skull
Island, home to our ghost ants. And of course, our biggest accomplishment
last week, we crafted the greatest vivarium we’ve ever created in the AC Antiverse, a
multi-species, bioactive domain for the Dark Knights. These exciting journeys of discovery and adventure
around the ant room certainly don’t end there. This week holds yet again, another exhilarating
episode as we continue to dig deep, climb up, and experience first-hand the marvelous
territories of our beloved ant colonies. AC Family, without further ado, let’s begin
this week’s exploration! Standing tall in our collection of ants and
other animals, here in the AC Antiverse, is the Canopy of Vortexia, home to the extravagant
Emerald Empire. This savage colony of weaver ants, scientifically
known as Oecophylla smaragdina, has shown us their brilliance through the building of
their cool leaf basket nests in the trees, their collection of protein sources, and even
through their apparent understanding of sustainability and growth management of the Vortexian trees
on which they live. It seems that we have seen practically everything
these mighty and hard-working arboreal ants can do. But, this time, I wanted to push the boundary
of what is possible for the Emerald Empire’s housing, and it involves sticking my arm and
even my face into their highly guarded territories. Yup! It’s totally crazy, but hey, someone’s gotta
do it, but don’t worry. I have a plan, so stay tuned for that. But before we get started, for those of you
who are new to the channel, let’s catch you up to speed. In celebration for reaching 3 Million subscribers,
I decided try keeping these highly popular ants in the ant world – Asian Weaver Ants. Native to Southeast Asia, these Weaver Ants
are known for their arboreal life as they build their nest atop trees. To create their homes, they use silk produced
by their larvae effectively gluing tree leaves together. The transpiration from the leaves helps naturally
humidify the insides of their leaf nests, and as the leaves wilt, the ants go on to
create new leaf nests on the same tree. They seem to know when to start new nests,
which they do well in advance before their current nests wilt, and appear to somehow
have a feeling for how much their able to build sustainably so that their host plant
doesn’t die out. They’re surely one of the most captivating
ant colonies I’ve ever kept. Three months after the creation of the Canopy
of Vortexia, this is what the territory looks like now. Look! The trees had overgrown. Seems they had been working on plans for this
money tree to grow much taller and their plant management initiatives have been working! This money tree has grown leaves that extend
up to the top mesh, but here’s the very concerning problem with that: if I leave this tree unchecked,
I know for certain that its force would eventually push through the mesh, destroying the terrarium,
and setting the ants free. Hey, wait a second! Could this be the Emerald Empire’s master
plan of escape? OK not gunna even go there! Also, there were other tuning and maintenance
issues that needed to be dealt with like dislodged piping from the rain system, glass cleaning,
a hanging dead leaf nest which drove my OC mind insane, and this stray plastic cup that
fell from their feeding plate, which I’ve been dying for months to pick up and dispose. Given these major and minor concerns, it was
no doubt in my mind that maintenance was needed, but due to the way their enclosure was designed,
the only way I could get in was by opening these two front glass panels, so going into
Vortexia wasn’t something I could do every day. Vortexia maintenance definitely was something
I intended on doing as infrequently as possible and only when necessarily needed. Now AC Family, check out what else I was thinking
regarding all this! So the Dark Knight’s new bioactive planted
vivarium home we made last week, full of creatures like millipedes, bagworms, jumping spider,
etc living with the ant colony, made for a very self-sustaining ecosystemic environment. So I figured, then, if Vortexia was also made
much more bioactive, theoretically it would mean that I’d have to open the terrarium less
often and perhaps even improve the quality of the Emerald Empire’s life by making their
home much more natural, much more bioactive! And so AC Family, after careful thought, it
was then that I decided, while doing maintenance on Vortexia, it was also time for us to upgrade
the territories a notch, and transform Vortexia into a multi-species, bioactive vivarium. But before I tell you how I’m going to do
that, and what creatures I plan on adding to Vortexia, there was a neighbouring ant
kingdom that was also in need of some maintenance. To the West of Vortexia, sits the mystical
double floating islands of Avista, home to our Big-Headed ants, the Bobbleheads. You, the AC Family, named them after the big
heads of the supermajor workers. Take a look at how some of these supermajors
sport rather comically enlarged heads, compared to the ordinary workers. The big heads specialize in cutting things
up by the way! The great jaw force of the colony! Of the entire AC Antiverse, the home of the
Bobbleheads stands out because it is our only truly open-concept, glass-less ant setup. As you may see here, the potted bonsai plants
are rooted down into the soils which extend into these two jars which hold the island
up. Meanwhile, these jars are placed in the middle
of a glass enclosure, whose short walls are covered in baby powder, thereby keeping the
ants within the premises. From afar, the home of the Bobbleheads look
like floating mini-gardens. A second island is situated there in the back,
but we’ll visit that island in a sec. At the center of the main island grows a bonsai
red banyon tree, that we call the Great Tree of Life. The tree gets its name because it provides
life to the Bobbleheads in a few interesting ways. First, the tree offers the Bobbleheads shelter
as they nest beneath the solid tree, protected among its roots. It also houses herds of mealybugs, which the
ants farm and milk for their sweet honeydew excretions. Finally, the tree also eats up their ant poop,
a great fertilizer! In fact, this partnership between ant and
tree has been going so well, that the tree has grown profusely, and I’ve had to continually
trim the tree back almost once a week. In fact, I am about to do it now. Here we go! I started with the outer leaves. Now, watch this, guys! Every time I snip or fiddle around with their
sacred Tree of Life, the Bobbleheads get super mad! The ants never back down from defending their
precious tree! This has become a weekly ritual now. And oh boy! Here they come! The Bobbleheads came rushing out of their
nest with a sole mission to bite and attack my giant hands from the skies. Sorry Bobbleheads, but this process is essential
for the maintenance of your sacred Tree of Life. Hang tight! Ok, I’m done! Sheesh! No need to get feisty! Now, trimming the tree was not all that needed
to be done. First, the second island’s tree had actually
died. This once luscious bonsai tree of a different
species was now withered and dead. I suppose the species of tree did not fare
well in the semi-shaded conditions of my window, so it died. However, I couldn’t just get rid of the island
because ants were still nesting within its soils, as well. I needed to plant a new tree there to replace
the dead tree, because it does seem trees happen to be the Bobbleheads’ secret to success. I mean, look at how big the colony has grown
over time! You can truly appreciate the sheer size of
the colony every time I water the islands. They always come rushing out with their brood,
and I even get a glimpse of the royal queens surfacing at times. It was clear that this supercolony was now
bigger than ever. And so AC Family, aside from restoring their
second island by planting a replacement tree, I felt it was finally time to also give the
Bobbleheads a third floating island. Back to the Vortexia, I knew making the territories
more bioactive meant introducing more organisms to Vortexia, and so here was my plan! First, I knew I needed to increase the ground
cover vegetation. So I felt this gorgeous-looking heart-leaf
philodendron, scientifically called Philodendron cordatum, one of the hardiest terrarium plants
I know, was perfect. Next, I wanted to add some awesome leaf litter,
scooped up from my neighbourhood. It contained tonnes of springtails, isopods,
millipedes, and beneficial mites that would help breakdown organic waste to help fertilize
the plants in Vortexia. And hey look what else I found: this leaf
litter also contained a miniature species of forest roach. How cool right?! Speaking of which, check out the next creatures
I wanted to add: Dubia roaches, scientifically known as Blaptica dubia. These roaches, as you may or may not know,
are my feeder roaches, meaning I pre-crush them and feed them to various animals of my
Ant Room. But, after thinking about it for a bit, I
figured these roaches would be an awesome addition to Vortexia! They can eat decaying leaves that fall to
the floor, plus possibly the dead leaf nests from the trees. If you wish to know more about these underrated
and seldom recognized Dubia roaches, here’s a video I made about them and their home. Plus, I have been noticing that every now
and then, the Emerald Empire has been catching darkling beetles in Vortexia. The mealworms and superworms that we feed
to our various colonies in the Ant Room are actually larvae of darkling beetles. I guess sometimes the superworms survive my
pre-crushing somehow and manage to escape the deadly mandibles of their ant predators,
seeking out safe locations within the terrariums to proceed with the process of pupation, and
development into these shiny black darkling beetles, and it seems the Emerald Empire has
managed to successfully hunt these survivors at ground level. I’ve actually seen this happen with the Fire
Nation and Dark Knights, as well. Given these past experiences, I figured, why
not try to allow insect prey to populate the floors of Vortexia, reproduce on their own
while eating up decaying matter like they would in the wild, but also provide the Weaver
Ants with a supply of prey items. Now wait! I know what you guys are thinking! Ahhhh AntsCanada has changed his ways! He’s now condoning live feeding! Let’s cancel him! Hold on! I still make it a personal rule to never feed
live prey to animals like ants, that don’t need to eat live prey, because it’s a slow
and painful death for the prey item, but in this case, the prey animals would have a great
chance at escaping and avoiding the ants, by burrowing into the leaf litter or into
the ground, and can otherwise feed, breed, and live normally as they would in the wild. It theoretically would be an equal playing
field for prey and predator, in my mind anyway, so the cruelty factor isn’t technically even
an issue both for the Dubia roaches and darkling beetles living with the Emerald Empire in
Vortexia. The ants could simply wander around the forest
floor below their leaf nests to hunt for prey, which the ants do in the wild. I am sure that the co-existence of Vortexian
prey and predators would make for a very interesting bioworld. So first, I needed to remove this dead tree
on the second island in order to replace it with the new tree for the Bobbleheads. I removed the entire island from the island
network. Taking the island off its foundation base,
you can see that the jar is filled with soil in which the Bobbleheads were still nesting. I knew that removing the tree from the pot
had to be done with the utmost care because surely there were still ants nesting in the
soils. I was already expecting a tonne of Bobbleheads
to come rushing out once I they felt me touching their dead tree. So, here goes nothing! I carefully removed the rock from the island
then proceeded to cut the tree off at the roots, then attempted to firmly but carefully
pull the dead tree from the pot. Pop! The tree broke right off, and I made a bit
of a mess, but thankfully, no ants came boiling out. Perhaps they didn’t care about the tree much
since it was already dead. Good! Now, in its place I wanted to plant this baby
Schefflera plant, which also happens to be the same species as one of the trees used
in Vortexia. I feel this would be a better adapted plant
to the conditions next to my window, seeing as it’s done so well in Vortexia. I planted the Scheflera plant in. OK, so THIS WAS THE CRAZIEST THING I’ve ever
done in my life! I know you’ve heard me say this before, but
No, this is! As you may or may not know, although these
weaver ants don’t have stingers like the Fire Nation, they still possess some powerful mandibles
and a bite from these ladies combined with a painful formic acid spray is enough to make
any trespasser scream! Plus, what made this operation extra scary
was that the Emerald Empire had decided to fuse their main leaf nest to the door of their
terrarium. Could this get any more scary? I worry that as soon as I open this glass
door, it would rattle the nest, setting the weaver ants into an angry frenzy. I needed to prepare myself and make sure I
had a plan of attack. I needed to know what things I had to grab,
cut, pull out, and add before I went in to the territories. There was no time to think as soon as those
glass doors were open! I ran through the motions and checklist of
tasks in my head many times, as I knew it was imperative to get things right the first
time so the tank would be open for the shortest amount of time possible. It wasn’t a matter of if the weaver ants would
be attacking and escaping, it was a matter of how many! So AC Family, here was my plan. Are you ready? So, apparently there’s a superstition or tradition
among mango farmers, who have to deal with these ants when harvesting mangoes. Legend has it that if you whisper to the ants,
telling them that you are a friend and aren’t going to harm them, the ants will leave you
alone and allow you to pick the fruit without launching an attack. If the legends were true, this told me then,
that it was possible to work around these ants as long as I was gentle, and not just
obtrusively moving in shaking things around like a predator. Boy, did I hope I was right and the legends,
true! I put on my gloves and covered my hands and
arms with baby powder. There were ants that were already showing
signs of wanting to tear my skin up at the earliest opportunity. Why so aggressive, ladies? You can even see them here congregating at
the door opening, ready to greet trespassers with mandibles and acid. But I had no choice. Vortexia needed maintenance and there was
no other way. I took a deep breath… and looked down at
the key that would unlock the door. AC Family, behold, the new island I planned
on connecting to Avista. Isn’t it cute? It had three bonsai’d money trees, also one
of the two trees in Vortexia, so it was bound to do well as part of Avista. Green moss grew like a carpet along the front
of the island. I prepared the tray on which the new island
would rest by mixing baby powder and rubbing alcohol and painting it along the walls. Once dried no Bobblehead would be able to
scale these vertical surfaces. I then proceeded to add the two new islands
to Avista and arranged for the driftwood to create the connecting bridge between the three
land masses. And there we have it, Avista is now officially
an archipelago. Aren’t these islands beautiful AC Family? Looking from afar, the islands were a luscious
garden of greenery. I couldn’t wait to watch the Bobbleheads explore
their new territories, and of course, as always, in celebration of their new home, I provided
them with a tasty bite! “Please don’t bite.” I whispered softly, summoning up the most
calming words that came to mind: “Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel…” OK just kidding. That’s not what I said. Ahem… “Emerald Empire, I come in peace. I’m a friend, your Creator of Worlds”. The ants menaced me from the edges, watching
the tape being removed from the doors. “I am not interested in destroying your home.” With the tapes removed, I unlocked the door
and slowly opened one of the panels. Oh, there! The glass panel opened and to my surprise
the leaf nest detached quite easily without too much fuss — thank goodness! While some brave ants decided to wander out
and escape, I decided not to mind them for now, and focus on the task at hand, moving
as slowly and gently as possible. It seemed to be working. The ants weren’t rushing in a mad panic, but
were strangely standing quite still watching me. First things first. I went in and wiped the glass and the sticky
pads of the piping to improve its suction. Reattaching. There! Pipe reinstalled. One task down. Next, it was time to go into the canopy! I went in carefully and snipped away at excess
leaves. It tripped me out to see the weaver ant nests
so exposed to the outside world for the first time since they were moved in. I had to be extra careful not to touch any
of the main branches or groupings of ants. All it took was one startled ant to hit the
panic button, which would set off the release of thousands of angry weaver ants onto my
body and ultimately out into the ant room. Snip, snip. I placed the clippings on the ground. As these leaves decay, they’d contribute to
the bioactivity of the vivarium. This would also make sure that we keep any
weaver ants still clinging on to these leaves. I could feel some weaver ants crawling on
my neck now but surprisingly not biting me yet. They even crawled up my legs. The weaver ants were now all over the immediate
area and on me. The whole time, I felt like I was performing
a complex medical surgery, with guns pointed at me, ready to fire at any moment. I was holding my breath and made sure to be
unwaveringly present in mind and body. My movements needed to be precise and accurate. Every moment was crucial. My heart was beating loudly in my ears the
whole time. I noticed so many ants were already wandering
out of the terrarium, and it was in that moment that I received my very first bite Ahhhhh! The Bobbleheads were biting the superworm
housewarming gift, I gave them with such joy and gusto. It wasn’t long before the Bobbleheads had
discovered the two new islands we had prepared for them. It was so awesome to see! Ants traveled across the driftwood bridge
to check out the new territories they could call home. It was moments like this that made ant keeping
just so fulfilling! Ahhh! I brushed the biting ant away. Despite the bite, surprisingly, the majority
of the ants were still calm. I had to keep going and not be bothered by
the pain. I proceeded to carefully remove the dead leaf
nest and rest it onto the floor. Gosh, I had dreamed of removing this hanging
piece for months, I can’t even begin to describe! Now it was time to add the leaf litter. I made sure that every bit of the ground was
covered in this magical medium sauce teaming with bioactive life forms. I proceeded to add the plant. Then, I dumped the Dubia roaches. I threw in the superworms to join the party. And just when I thought everything was complete,
I remembered there was one last suction cup to restick onto the wall to fixate the pipe. But to reach this, I had to open the other
glass door panel. Now, all of the Canopy of Vortexia was exposed
to the outside world. Reaching deeper into the terrarium to restick
the pipe onto the glass, I found myself face to face with the Emerald Empire, just inches
away from my head! And when I thought that I had experienced
the worst part, there came another big surprise. Another bite “AHHH!” While the Bobbleheads were enjoying their
superworm, another battle was happening. Just nearby the Bobbleheads had seized a trespasser. A wandering weaver ant had somehow managed
to set foot on the new island. Of course, there was no hope for the weaver
ant against the Bobbleheads, who pulled at the weaver ant from all sides and mauled it
to death. A second weaver ant had also been unfortunate
enough to land on the island, and the Bobbleheads were quick to capture it. I suppose the weaver ants managed to climb
up into the lighting fixture above Avista and fell down to their demise into the foreign
ant kingdom. There was just no hope for them though, as
they were greatly outnumbered. The Bobbleheads were indeed savage! Arghh! The Emerald Empire was indeed savage! I had to finish up now! I restuck the last piping found on the other
side of Vortexia, and just like that I was done. I had only been bitten twice during the ordeal,
which is not bad! I sealed the tank up and the mission was complete! I was happy to know that it would be months
until the next maintenance visit into the Canopy of Vortexia was due. And just on time, the great typhoons arrived
to cool off the lands! Over the past 4 days, the Bobbleheads had
settled into their new network of triple islands quite nicely. I ended up swapping out the base to one large
shared glass pan for the two smaller islands, as this was much more space-efficient. My dreams of Avista becoming a huge archipelago
of floating islands were coming true. As were my dreams of Vortexia. AC Family, look! It was now a multi-species vivarium. The roaches lived happily in the forest habitat
provided by Vortexia. They occupied the leaf litter, huddled in
spaces within the driftwood, and even were daring enough to climb up into the treetops
and congregate along the screen mesh. Escaped ants were collected one by one by
hand over the passing days and inserted back into Vortexia. The rest were hunted down by the house geckoes
that run loose in the Ant Room. Speaking of hunting, I did also catch the
ants hunting the roaches. Look at this! They caught a huge adult male! I had no idea they could seize prey this big! Or maybe it had already died and they were
opportunistically making use of the carcass? Whatever the case, now that these tree-dominated
territories of Vortexia and Avista were restored anew, and the ants residing in these lands
we created, enjoying upgrades to their homes, it filled my heart with so much joy. One thing’s for sure, I learned today how
intimately connected my ants were to the trees that lived in their territories, how protective
they were of them, and just how much the health and well-being of the ant colonies inherently
depended on the health and well-being of the plants they live with. Isn’t that something we continue to discover
every time we step into these microworlds of our ants, AC Family? That to truly appreciate one organism, one
must understand the bigger picture, understand how its connected to other organisms around
it, and when you do, understand why its important to tend to, clean up, restore, respect, and appreciate the interconnected-ness of
life and the environment in which it is contained. And due to this great interconnection, Mother
Nature has set up, I learned this week, that in caring for life, we inherently care for
ourselves. After a long and successful day, I looked
down at the clippings and dead tree I had collected from our projects. Ordinarily, I would throw these away, but
suddenly an awesome idea came to me, an idea that I felt could completely change and affect
the lives of every creature and terrarium in the entire AC Antiverse! AC Family, it was time to embark on a new
and exciting biological engineering project! AC Family, did you enjoy this week’s episode? Trees are indeed integral parts of some of
our ant colonies. And like last week, this week’s episode is
in part, the AC Team’s collaboration with Mr. Beast, Smarter Everyday, Mark Rober and
thousands of other YouTubers in their quest to plant 20 million trees by January 2020. So, be sure to be part of the team trees movement,
by visiting TeamTrees.org to help out! It only costs $1 per tree. This simple gesture will make such a big difference
globally! Also, if you enjoyed today’s episode, please
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catch up on all your AntsCanada Lore, feel free to binge watch this complete story line
playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to see some extended play footage of me working within Vortexia,
as well as the aftermath. The new Vortexia is just awesome with all
its new creatures and modifications. Go check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why do we need to cycle our tank before adding
in our great water beast? Congratulations to 9Hashbrowns who correctly
answered: You have to cycle your tank because if an
animal went inside without cycling it, it would be filled with poison, namely ammonia
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Which ANT COLONY Should Live in this NEW TERRARIUM? | NEED YOUR VOTE!

Which ANT COLONY Should Live in this NEW TERRARIUM? | NEED YOUR VOTE!


Greetings, AC Family! Welcome to another ant video. Many of you have been requesting for an update
video on the various ant colonies of this channel so this week, we will take a look
at our ant colonies, what they’ve been up to, and their progress. Some of the stuff will amaze you! It will also be a great opportunity for all
of you newcomer AC Family members to get up to speed on all the different ant colonies
we regularly feature on this channel. Also, AC Family, I will be needing your help. After an update on each colony, I will ask
you to VOTE for who will be inhabitting this new tank! Sadly, my bearded dragon passed away and so
instead of throwing his tank away, I wanted to use it for an ant colony, so I am taking
your VOTES as to who you feel should move into this new ant home. Don’t watch this video without voting! Lots of interesting ant discovery ahead, so
keep on watching until the end! AC Family, gather round and let’s peek into
the intriguing lives of all the ant colonies of this channel, on this episode of the AntsCanada
Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Alright, so let’s start with the ant colonies
you guys haven’t from in awhile and have been asking about. First, the Dark Knights, our great colony
of black crazy ants, known scientifically as Paratrechina longicornis. Nothing much has changed with this colony
which is why I haven’t done an update in a long time. They are still holding their own, and I have
been controling their food provisions so I believe I have established a happy equilibrium
with this colony, that is neither growing too much nor decreasing in population. They have been the perfect ant colony! One thing that surprised me was that upon
peeking into their test tubes, I saw that there were several queens. The colony used to have only 2 queens, plus
one introduced one, but if you saw a previous video on ant reproduction you know that this
species is capable of double cloning which allows males and their sister queens to breed
without it being genetic incest. So now the colony has not two, not three,
but dozens and dozens of queens. In every water test tube I often catch queens
enjoying the moisture. As you may remember, the Dark Knights inhabit
a 2 storey ant setup with a tube which runs down to my first floor. They still travel back and forth, mostly at
night, and have even left some garbage in the tubes. I have no idea how I am going to clean the
tubes when the time comes. Any ideas, guys? I’d be happy to take some advice. Peeking into the Hybrid Nest down stairs,
you can see it is full of brood and action. This colony has been doing well, and I expect
them to continue to thrive over time. They’ve been easy to keep, easy to contain,
and easy to feed. Now moving on to the Trapjaw ant colony which
you guys have officially named the Jawbreakers. Like the Dark Knights, not much to report. The colony has grown to about 30 workers,
and they still reside in this plastic takeout container. They are feeding on a steady diet of lat cockroaches
and honey. Next, we have the Asian Marauder Ants, who
officially have a new name! AC Family, I’m excited to announce that these
Carebara diversa ants are officially called the Titans! For those of you who are new to the channel,
this is our newest ant colony. They are notoriously difficult ants to keep
in captivity but so far, after two months under our care, they seem to be doing well
in this simple network of condiment containers connected with tubing. They have concealed their large queen well,
somewhere in these cavernous chambers. I haven’t seen her since the move. This species has the most impressive majors
I have ever seen in an ant species and I cannot wait for the colony to continue growing in
size. Let’s hope they continue to do well. And now on to what arguably is the most famous
ant colony on this channel, the Fire Nation, our colony of red tropical fire ants, known
scientifically as Solenopsis geminata. They’re still as ravenous as ever in this
huge setup of AC Outworlds and rubbermaid bin. Peeking in from the top, you can see them
feasting on cockroaches from last night’s feeding plus bottles and containers which
held jams and honey. They pile dirt on these sweets to coneal them
while they work on consuming it all. Once a week I go in and remove these bottles
and containers, but not without a fight of course, so I wear gloves. Not much to report on the Fire Nation, as
well, other than the fact that they have begun to produce less alates. I believe their nuptial flight season has
passed now, and so the queen will be producing more alates in a couple months for the next
round of nuptial flights happening later this year. And now on to the Golden Empire living within
the ever-evolving Hacienda Del Dorado. A lot of videos have been about this colony
lately simply because of the constant changes that this colony and environment have been
undergoing these days. Two weeks ago we watched as the ants dealt
with the addition of carnivorous pitcher plants into their territories, a strategic move in
hopes to help naturally curb the ants’ growing population but surprisingly instead of the
plant devouring copious amounts of ants, they surprisingly formed a sort of symbiotic relationship
with the ants. They only ate a small amount and the ants
ended up enjoying the sweet secretions the plant provided the ants. The ants in turn began frequenting and nesting
around the plants offering the pitcher plants protection and soil movement! In fact, wanna hear something even more mind-blowing? AC Family, get this. Two days after the pitcher plants were added,
the ants began placing their left over dead insect parts into the pitcher plants! They began to actively feed the pitcher plants! Isn’t that crazy? I am not ready for this kind of intelligence
displayed by the Golden Empire! Talk about mutualism to the max! The plants fed the ants sweet goodies and
the ants fed the pitcher plants insect parts, which could possibly also mean less ants sacrificed! Unreal. So those are the latest on all our ant colonies. So now, on to this terrarium. Sadly, my bearded dragon which used to live
here died. My option was to either dispose of this tank
or use it as a new home for one of my ant colonies. The tank itself was a neat enclosure. Its substrate is a Zoomed product called Vita-sand,
a mixture of vitamins and beta carotene. It also had some attractive driftwood. A few of the bearded dragons last droppings
were also left behind. I wanted all of these elements to be incorporated
into the new ant envornment we were going to build. The vitamins and minerals, as well as the
organic matter in the feces would add some great initial nutrients to the soil, so I
didn’t want to clean out the substrate. Surprisingly, I did find some silverfish-looking
insects inside the terrarium. I wanted to keep them inside, as well. Perhaps they would prove beneficial to this
enclosed system. I removed the driftwood and began adding bags
of organic humus and fine sand and spread it upwards to form a slope towards the back,
to aid in visibility. I knew, though, based on our experience with
the Hacienda Del Dorado over time, that no matter how we designed this terrarium, it
was destined to change and take on its own shape over time. What I hoped for this terrarium if it was
to become an ant home was for it to be a community of interconnected organisms, much like the
Hacienda Del Dorado, but this time, instead of adding the ants before all the other organisms,
I wanted to add the ants last, just so we don’t run into the same problem we had when
we tried adding millipedes in the Hacienda Del Dorado. As an update regarding that, I haven’t seen
a millipede since, so I’m not sure if they are still alive or not. So, first to be added into this terrarium,
creatures which are super important to a terrestrial community – earthworms. Lumbricus terrestris, also known as night
crawlers. These were still young night crawlers but
there were enough of them to start living within this terrarium and hopefully start
breeding soon. And now, what we add next will be based on
your votes. AC Family, here’s where I need your help! Let’s decided which colony we should add to
this terrarium. Let’s review our options: Adding the Dark Knights is a possible option,
however, the ants are small enough to fit through the spaces of the mesh, so I will
have to be dilligent at regularly making sure a band of baby powder is kept thick and effective
along the top. One thing which may make the Dark Knights
a less fun option is that they don’t usually dig, but rather occupy cavities opportunistically,
however, as we saw with the Golden Empire, perhaps they may surprise us! Moving the Jawbreakers into this new tank
would also be a great choice, and in this case, the ants are too large to fit through
the mesh holes so we may not need to worry too much about a baby powder barrier until
the colony gets huge. One thing, though is that the colony is still
quite small for this huge terrarium, and it may take a long time for the ants to fill
it out, so we may not see much action inside the terrarium for a long time still. This is not a bad thing if you guys are patient,
but we won’t be seeing many videos about this new terrarium at first, if the Jawbreakers
are the lucky ones to move in. Moving the Titans is another option and they
are at a good size to start living in this terrarium, but my fear is that because the
tank has corners, we will have to deal with frequent escapes and I heard the majors can
chew through almost anything. I would hate for them to chew through the
mesh. If we choose the Titans for this tank, I will
really have to be dilligent at regularly ensuring the barrier of baby powder is strong and working. The tiny minors are also small enough to fit
through the mesh holes. Another option which I am sure a lot of you
have been thinking is the Fire Nation, our fire ants. These would be a good choice because we know
how well these ants do in soil, and I could easily attach a long tube from their current
setup to this terrarium, however the bad thing is that these ants are also escape artists
and they will easily also grip up the corners of the tank, making an escape very easy for
them. They are also small enough to fit through
the mesh spaces so the barrier would need to be regularly fortified. If I were to make the call, I would say no
to the Fire Nation moving into here. Finally, the Golden Empire, which has completely
taken over the Hacienda Del Dorado. I could easily attach a tube from their current
tank to this new terrarium, and I am sure they would do well in this new territory,
however care would also need to be taken to ensure the baby powder barrier is kept strong
and working. They are also large enough to not be able
to fit throught the mesh spaces. So, AC Family, please take a moment now to
click this icard poll here and vote for which ant colony you feel should move into this
terrarium. Thank you AC Council for your input! The plants, organisms, and decor we end up
adding to this setup will greatly depend on which ants we decide inhabits this terrarium. In an upcoming video, I will make the anouncement
of which ant colony you guys ultimately decide will move into this terrarium, and I will
make sure to design the terrarium accordingly. So stay tuned! AC Family, thank you so much for watching
another episode of the AntsCanada ant channel and for your valuable participation in this
ant video, I can’t wait for what lays ahead for all our ant colonies on this channel,
as well as this new ant terrarium! This is AntsCanada signing out! Alright, AC Family! Make sure you vote! Let’s turn this new terrarium into a cool
ant home shall we?! Which colony do you think should move in here? AC Inner Colony, I’ve placed a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch extended play footage of our ant colonies
in their various homes all to some cool music. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week. Two weeks ago, we asked: What is the technical name
given to the lip of a pitcher plant on which insects can
find sweet secretions? Congratulations to Banana Ba who correctly
answered: The “lip” is called the peristome. Congratulations Banana Ba, you just won a
free AC Test Tube Portal from our shop! And for this week’s AC Question of the Week,
we ask: What amazing thing did the
Golden Empire start doing to the pitcher plants in the
Hacienda Del Dorado? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win some free tubing joints from our shop, which by the way, are now all
clear so you can see everything! Hope you can susbcribe to the channel as we
release a brand new ant video every single Saturday at 8AM EST. Please also LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE if you
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Hogyan nevelj hangyakolóniát – 3-6/B. rész

Hogyan nevelj hangyakolóniát – 3-6/B. rész


antsite.eu presents: How to raise an ant colony? – part: 3/B If the colony grows out the test tube, and it gets dirty, we possibly keep them in an open test tube. This is a “velvety tree ant” colony with hundreds of workers. Normally it’s a bad idea to open this test tube, but i show you a technique which we can use this time. Temporarily we can use a simple container box for it, but the best will be the formicarium – i will tell you later why. As first step we should put on some escape-prevent oil to the top of the container. This will prevent the ants to run away. Oiling only a few, otherwise the oil will leak down, and the ants will stick in it. Put the colony into the container, and open the test tube carefully. Ants will flooding out immediately, but they can’t run out from the box. Much easy to feeding such a big colony in this box than in the test tube. Even the ants have more space, and they can react if someting goes wrong in the test tube. In a closed test tube the water can flooding the ants, but with this open test-tube keeping method the whole colony can escape out from the tube. Put tinfoil on a clean test tube setup. Put this into the box and the ants will moving into this one later from the old and dirty test tube. They do it because they feels the darker and cleaner test tube more safety and comfortable. We can hurry them if we tip them out from the test tube, but this species spray formic-acid during stress so we don’t want as many ants to be suicide. Carefully get out the wool-pieces. The ants find the honey immediately – they really need enough food now. Throw some cutted worms also to give them protein. You can see the workers not really successfull on the escap-prevent oil. They can’t walk on this oiled surface. Few days later the ants has moved to the new test tube, so we can get out the old one. But make sure to tip out all of the workers from it. If we check them closer, we can see they moved all the brood with eggs and larvae to the new test tube. So this is a really effective method for moving a colony. The ants did it themselves, we only has to give the ideal conditions for them. Now let’s see the detriments: The escape-prevent oil will disappear from the top of the container within a few weeks. It goes dry or the ants put some dust on it, or somehow fight themselves through. So time to time we should put some fresh oil on it, and could be a good idea to close the container with a cap. But now i have to say another problem! If the box hasn’t got enough ventilation the colony inside can be suicide during stress with their formic-acid, or can choke without enough fresh air. Better ventilation or some soil could help on this, but the best final solution if we keep the ants in a formicarium. In this the ventilation optimal for sure, and we can observe the nest much better than in a test tube. So if we have a bigger formicarium we can use the arena-part similarly like the container before. But first we have to close the nest-part to prevent the ants to move in too early. Then put the test tube in the arena-part. We can use test-tube holder to prevent the rolling. Now open the test tube and let the spotters out. We put the food in the arena not into the test tube anymore. Can feed in small bowls or just simply on the ground of the arena, because acrylic formicariums are easy to clean. We can put in different kind of foods, and we can learn the ants to find the food themselves everywhere in the arena. If the test tube gets dirty or goes dry we can put in a new, clean test tube near the old, and the ants can move themselves within some days. If they don’t want to move Just tip them out from the old test tube and let the new one inside the arena, so they have to move into the new one. But with this method we will loss some brood, because some of the eggs and larvae will stick into the test tube, so we have to put them back carefully with a brush. So better if the ants move themselves. Our colony number will raising because of the more space and more food. It could happen some weeks or some months later – depends of the species. When they have enough workers to find every food in the arena the ants are ready to move in the formicarium’s nest-part. Important to wait until they have enough workers, because if we let them in too early the colony could move in, but maybe they won’t have enough workers to go out searching for food. It could emerge a crisis in the colony because they don’t have enough food to grow workers, but even don’t have enough workers to find food. The recommend worker number to open the nest is different – depends of the species. It could around 30-50 workers with a smaller species, but with a bigger species maybe 20 can be enough. After we open the nest-part the spotters will scout their new territory. If they find it suitable the whole colony will move in. Sometimes needs days for the moving – it depends from the colony number. Bigger colonies has more workers so they find the new place faster and moves themselves faster. After that we only have to feed and drink the colony, so we can observe as they grow more and more workers, and our ant-society grows up slowly. Don’t forget to like and subscribe, and hit the bell 🔔 icon! Click for the next episode!

Big-headed Ant Colony (Part 4)

Big-headed Ant Colony (Part 4)


Hi, this is Jordan updating you on my Pheidole
colony. The setup has changed a bit since my last
video. I moved the colony out of the old habitat nest and into this brick nest here. This nest if you remember was the nest which I used
to house my Iridomyrmex bicknelli colony before I released them. In order to get the colony to move out of
the old habitat nest what I did was attach up the new nest, and I watered it well and
covered it from any light. While I stopped watering the old nest and exposed it to light and the ants immediately started relocating. It’s important to cycle your colonies nests
like this as it prevents harmful mold and bacteria from taking over your nests, which
can really endanger the health of your colonies. Eventually, after giving it a good clean, I connected up the old nest again.
I cleaned it by removing the glass, soaking it in vinegar, using the garden hose to rinse
it off and after it was dry I glued the glass back on and attached it up. You can see they haven’t made great use
of it, only really using it for some of their pupae here. I watered both nests quite evenly
but, they much preferred the brick nest, I think it was due to the brick nest being more
water retentive so they prefer that moist environment. Here’s 2 of the 3 queens of the colony.
I find the queens are often bunched up together like this, although I rarely ever see all
3 together for some reason. The ants were in this setup for a couple of
months and were doing really well before I decided to alter their setup again. For some
time I had been considering creating a more naturalistic setup for my ants, that not only
my ants would appreciate but would look really nice too. After some research and planning
I began building a terrarium. So this is what I came up with. I wanted to
go with a desert theme, I’ve got some succulents and a few cacti in there at the moment. And
I’m likely going to be altering it later on, adding more plants, rocks and pebbles
and maybe a layer of sand too. Something that will contrast the colour of the plants well
and also the colour of the ants too, just to help them stand out a little more. So after I was satisfied with the terrarium,
I then introduced the ants. What I did was move the whole colony into this single nest
and then just placed it inside the terrarium. I just allowed for one exit point through
this tube here. That way I could channel the ants out in one direction and influence where
they would construct their first nesting site. I wanted it to be close to the front of the
terrarium that way I could observe them more easily and perhaps might even see them create
chambers up against the glass. The colony started digging straight away,
several locations at first but eventually they all converged on one site, this one right
at the end of the tube. And after only an hour or so of digging they began moving brood
in. Since then I’ve been watering their new nest entrance to encourage them to move
the remainder of their brood in. I’ve been keeping the brick nest covered
up from the light for now. I wanted to give the colony a
chance to dig out some decent sized chambers before exposing them to light and encouraging
them to move entirely. I plan on removing the brick nest eventually.
I’ll probably just leave it there for as long as they’re still making use of it. With this new setup, I obviously won’t be
able to see what’s going on in the nest anymore. I won’t be able to see what the
queens are up to, how much brood there is and new workers enclosing and whatnot. But
honestly I’m quite content with just watching the ants forage and build upon their new nest.
I actually did even get a glimpse of one of their underground chambers here which they’ve
filled with some pupae. They soon abandoned this chamber though. I suspect they built
it overnight and didn’t realize it would be exposed to light during the day, when sunlight
came they moved elsewhere. This glass tank is quite big, it’s almost
1m long and half a meter wide so the ants have plenty room to explore. It’s really
quite cool watching them forage around, climbing plants to drink honey off their leaves, creating
foraging trails which weave in and around the plants, rocks and watching them form new
nest entrances. I was observing this soldier ant here for
quite some time and it was being super productive, slicing off pretty much every limb off this
cockroach here. I’ve noticed the soldiers in general are more active in this new setup,
I guess it’s because they now have more roles to play. They’ve been helping dig
tunnels, slicing food up and hauling food back to the nest, guarding nest entrances.
Whereas before they rarely left the nest and mainly just acted as repletes and when they
did leave the nest, they were extremely shy, fleeing back to the safety of the nest at
the first hint of danger. I’ve been trying to feed the colony as often
as I can. I used to buy mealworms from a local pet store, but recently they’ve closed down.
So instead I’ve been searching the garden for insects to feed them. Which is good in
a way, they get whatever it is I find, and so, consume a variety of different foods,
which is far better for them than just have the same meal over and over again. It is more
time consuming for me to go out and search for food for them, but it’s not too much
of a hassle as this is now my last ant colony so I don’t need to worry about feeding multiple
colonies like I did in the past. Given this is my last colony I’m really
hoping they do well in this new environment. So far they look to be quite happy with the
new space, I’ve hardly ever seen any of the ants climbing the glass which is a good
sign they’re content with the environment. So if you’re into ant keeping I highly recommend
giving a naturalistic setup like this a go. They’re relatively cheap, easy to make,
maintain and look great. So that’s the end of the video, thanks for
watching and hope you got something out of this.

OMG! My Pet Ants Escaped Into My Home

OMG! My Pet Ants Escaped Into My Home


Oh no! You’ve read the title, and yes, AC Family
it’s true. We have an emergency situation on our hands. My ants officially escaped! Now this typically never happens on this channel,
especially because the setups we use are specially designed to keep ants in, but this time, this
typical terrarium which is originally designed for reptiles, provided our black crazy ant
colony, the Dark Knights with the perfect opportunity of escape. But that’s not all, this is another video
of ours which you must watch until the end. The plot twist will blow you out of your seat! AC Family, gather round as we hit the panic
button, and watch how our black crazy ants escaped and how we ultimately manage to control
this crisis, in this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! OK, so I hate to say this, because I personally
don’t typically believe in these sort of things, and many of you have been saying it already,
but I’m prepared to consider the possibility that this terrarium is cursed. Let’s recap for those of you who are new to
the channel. This terrarium used to belong to my long time
pet bearded dragon, Tarzan, who mysteriously died a few months ago. So instead of throwing the tank in the garbage,
I decided to turn it into a soil terrarium and move an ant colony in, to inhabit it. I asked you guys which of our ant colonies
should move in, and by landslide vote, you asked for the Jawbreakers, our young trapjaw
ant colony, to become the new recipients of this new terrarium. But almost immediately after their victory
in the polls, in a sick twist of fate, a wild, savage ant colony of black crazy ants living
outside my place broke into their setup and killed the entire ant colony in cold blood
before they could ever see the likes of these unchartered soils. The savage ant colony abducted and ate all
workers, brood, and the queen. So then, I asked you guys on Twitter who should
take their place as new inhabitants of the terrarium and you, the AC Family voted for
the Titans, our young, promising and majestic Asian Marauder ant colony to move in. I placed the Titans’ towers into the terrarium
to allow them to move out on their own. To our surprise, the Titans didn’t take well
to the new terrarium and began to die off mysteriously before our very eyes, almost
completely disappearing two weeks after the move. After another round of voting, the AC Family
decided to restore the towers, and if by chance the queen and any workers were still alive
in there, we hoped they would recover. So finally, we come to last week’s video,
where I looked to you the AC Family once again, for our next move. The AC Family spoke, and the majority declared
that we now move the Dark Knights, our long time, strong colony of Black Crazy ants into
this new terrarium which by now was truly blossoming with life. And so here we are, AC Family. It was time to initiate this move and finally
populate the terrarium. If there was an ant colony that would successfully
flourish in these fertile lands, it would be the versatile and hardy Dark Knights. I was confident this move was going to run
smoothly. So here was my plan. Here lies the Dark Knights’ Northern satellite
nest, comprised of a pot of aloe vera and a simple rubbermaid bin with baby powder applied
on the walls to keep the ants from climbing out. A long tube attaches from this rubbermaid
bin to this AC Outworld. This AC Outworld acts as a pitstop for the
Dark Knights before proceeding over towards the Dragon’s Stairway which climbs up towards
the AC Plateau and the DK Bridge, and into the Cavern of Darkness, a tunnel which runs
into my wall and leads all the way downstairs towards the Dark Knight’s southern nest, a
Hybrid Nest. So how was I going to connect this terrarium
to the Dark Knight’s already grand setup? The bridge to this land was here. This AC T connector would provide a cross
roads for the ants. By the way, AC Family, all our connectors
at our shop are now 100% clear like this so we could see all action and movement between
tubes. And my interests were in this tube. This was the tube that connected the Northen
Nest rubbermaid bin with the AC Outworld. The plan was to cut this tube and connect
the end leading to the AC Outworld to one opening, and the other end leading to the
nest to the other. It would essentially not change the ants’
pathway, but simply provide an extra path leading to the terrarium. Let’s take a look where the tube takes us. The ant would climb the tube and emerge on
top of the terrarium, and need to cross over to the other side then plunge down through
the mesh screen and into the terrarium. I chose for the ants to emerge on this side
of the tank so we could better see them as they move in. I anticipated for it to be a fairly standard,
uncomplicated move but there were some other preparations involved. I made sure not to water the nest of the Dark
Knights of the North for a couple days so their nest would get slightly dry. Not completely dry, though, as this would
endanger the colony, but just enough to setup the stage for a colony move. And look, the Springcleaners, a bustling colony
of Springtails that lives cooperatively with the Dark Knights are also out enjoying this
semi-arid spell. But the ants don’t like it. They’ve sent workers out to scope for a new
location to setup a nest, somewhere to which the colony could move should this current
nest location completely dry out. These scouting ants exit the rubbermaid bin
to start house shopping, and they were about to find out that the moist rich soils of the
terrarium were going to totally make their day. Another thing we needed to do before the move
was to prepare this tube that was to lead into the terrarium. It needed to be coated in baby powder so that
the ants wouldn’t be able to climb up it and reach the top mesh. Basically, the idea was to keep the Dark Knights
from reaching the mesh entirely because some of the holes in the mesh were large enough
for the Dark Knights to fit through. Then, we needed to create a hole in the mesh
just big enough to accommodate the tube leading into the terrarium. Once in the terrarium we needed to situate
the tube’s opening right about there. Next, to be sure, I had to reinforce the band
of baby powder barrier. This would keep the ants from crawling up
to the mesh and finding an escape. And now all was set. The tube was ready, the terrarium was ready,
and now all that was left to do was to cut their current tube and attach it to this AC
T Connector. Are you ready AC Family? Here we go. After cutting the tube, I quickly attached
both ends into the two holes in the connector. And now all that was left to do was watch
the ants move in. Enjoy! For the first 20 minutes the ants didn’t seem
to care about the mysterious tube which lead to the terrarium. Some of the ants would attempt to enter it
but wouldn’t go too far. It seemed the main priority was this road
connecting them to the two satellite nests. But finally, after about 30 minutes, one brave
ant had the random idea to travel off the familiar path, and wander up the tube. This curious worker ant traveled up, and across
the top of the terrarium inquisitively, and finally plunged down into the terrarium. It finally emerges, into a whole new world
of tropical splendor, and so begins the epic move of the Dark Knights. After exploring the terrarium for awhile,
the scout was completely excited. Look at its crazy erratic movements. This ant is clearly joyful it has found these
new lands. It enters the tube to tell the rest of the
colony. As soon as it gets back to its sisters, the
excitement and news spreads like wildfire and the others venture out to check out their
new promised land. More and more ants emerge to experience and
explore their new future home. By now the great news has reached the Northern
Satellite nest, and more and more workers leave to explore the territories that everyone
is raving about. The ants really love the the terrarium and
seem to have a particular liking for the sphagnum mossy patches. Perhaps because they hold water well and are
extra moist. Word also spreads to the Southern colony on
the first floor who also send out scouts to check out the potential new home. All was going completely as planned, so after
watching them for a good 2 hours, I left and allowed them to continue to move in on their
own. 4 hours later, I returned to the terrarium
to check up on their progress. What I saw shocked me. The ants had escaped and were running everywhere
outside of the terrarium. Oh no! They danced and rejoiced at their newfound
freedom they never knew they didn’t have, and explored the entire vicinity around the
tank. They were all over the place. Even in my curtains. How did this happen? I scoured the terrarium looking for where
the ants had managed to escape. To my complete horror, I watched as the Dark
Knights were able to climb up to the mesh by gripping on to the corners of the terrarium. You see, some ants are able to grip up 90
degree corners, and turns out our Dark Knights were able to do this in order to reach the
mesh, where they then were able to escape. I even saw a worker that was completely covered
in baby powder. Perhaps this one got coated as it climbed
the heavily powdered corners. We had no choice! It was time to abort all operations! Now we typically never have escapes on this
channel. It has only happened once on this channel,
years ago and it was due to keeping escape-artist ant species in setups that were not designed
for ant keeping, much like this terrarium here, and both times, I was able to resolve
the situation and collect all escaped ants quite easily. So this was my protocol. I had to act quickly and cut off the point
of escape. I immediately removed the tube leading into
the terrarium and plugged it up, as well as the mesh hole with cotton. With the influx of ants now under control,
the next step was to bring out my special instrument. A hand held vaccuum cleaner. Like a giant twister, I ploughed through and
sucked up all the ants I could collect. Eventually, I managed to collect the majority
of escaped ants. I wasn’t worried because I expected that no
queens had escaped since it was still early. Any workers that were loose in my ant room
that were not able to get back to the colony would eventually die, due to starvation. Ants need their colony to survive. I had to do this quickly because with all
the sucked up ants blowing around in the vaccuum, they were drying out with every passing second
so timing was of the essence. I also had to suck up all ants I could find
inside the terrarium. When I had sucked up all the ants I could
find, I opened the canister and dumped them back into their nest. Thankfully, the situation was now completely
under control, and thank goodness! I watered the nest to rehydrate the sucked
up ants and provide moisture for the rest of the colony in the pot. Not all ants can climb squared corners, but
it seems these Dark Knights are one of those species that can, so having an outworld with
rounded corners was the only way to go for them. Our terrarium once again lay bare and uninhabited. Staring into the empty terrarium due to yet
another failed attempt at moving ants in made me believe that perhaps some of you may have
been right. Perhaps there is a curse, a curse which completely
trips up all our plans at moving an ant colony into these fertile lands. I was completely prepared give this terrarium
perhaps to a new reptile, or amphibian instead, but then again, I was also afraid the curse
would in turn bring misfortune or death to those animals, so I just resolved to dump
out all inhabitants and completely throw the tank away… That was until, I saw this. The Titans are alive! Alright, AC Family! Can you believe it? I am blown away by this. It seems the Titans actually did move into
the terrarium the first time, discreetly while we weren’t looking! I don’t know if the queen is in there for
sure, but I highly suspect that she and the rest of the colony were indeed in there! Wow! This was totally incredible! Stay tuned for an update on this colony in
a future video. And just a note for those who have been wanting
to get into ant keeping but are afraid of escapes, no need to worry because escapes
only happen if a setup is not designed for ant keeping. If you’re a beginner and want to be safe,
I would recommend any of the setups we offer at AntsCanada.com as these are designed to
keep ants in. Whatever the case, if you’re keeping ants,
it doesn’t hurt to have a small vaccuum with an easy to remove canister ready just in case
you do have an escape. We actually have a helpful tutorial on this
channel about preventing and dealing with ant escapes. AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here if you would just like to see some extended play footage of the Dark Knights
moving into the terrarium without all the narration and to the sounds of good music. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week, we asked: Name one reason why
the Fire Nation would not be an ideal candidate for
our new terrarium? Congratulations to Seecooty, who correctly
answered: The Fire Nation would escape
by gripping on to the corners. Congratulations Seecooty you just won a free
ant tshirt from our shop. And for this week’s AC Question of the Week,
we ask: Name one preparation that
needed to be done before moving the Dark Knights
into the terrarium. Leave your answer in the comments section
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ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire

ANGEL OF DEATH/Guardian Goblin/DEATH SPRITES: Creatures Saving My Ant Empire


I’m left with no choice. I have to kill them. All the survivors within this terrarium, called
the Hacienda Del Dorado, need to be extinguished! AC Family, it was time for Phase 3: Project
Cloverfield. The release of an Angel of Death, to completely
kill all surviving ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado, before the mites decide to spread
to our other ant kingdoms. Excuse me, fruit fly milennials. I’ll be needing some of this, to prepare for
the arrival of our new Angel of Death, which lays inside here. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Now, if you’ve been following this channel
for awhile, you may notice that the Hacienda Del Doradan terrain looks different from normal,
and I’ll be getting into why that is, in a bit. But look, a movement now, up in the wooden
bridges above. You could almost miss her if you don’t look
carefully. She stares at us from the shadows with her
piercing reptilian eyes. AC Family, behold, a house gecko, of the genus
Hemidactylus, just a juvenile, but wary of our presence in her feeding grounds. Her cryptic colouration makes her camouflage
perfectly into the surroundings, as she hugs onto the driftwood, laying as flat and discreet
as possible. But the thing that trips me out the most are
those eyes! Check out those vertical slits for pupils,
which make her look almost serpentine and netherworldly. Staring at her was like staring at a small
goblin-like demon. Obviously, not a demon, just a cute little
gecko coming out for its nightly ritual to feed. But for those of you who are anticipating
for the reveal from last week’s video, you may surprised to know that this little house
gecko is not only not a demon, but it is also not our Angel of Death sent in these lands
to exterminate our remaining population of mite-infected ants. In fact, I didn’t even know there was a gecko
in here to begin with! You see I live in tropical Manila, Philippines
where house geckoes are common in homes, kind of like house spiders in North America. They feed on little flying insects that manage
to sneak into the home, so I welcome them to live with me. This little one probably saw the current state
of the Hacienda Del Dorado as the perfect opportunity to move in, seeing as the population
of the Golden Empire, the supercolony of yellow crazy ants that used to rule these lands,
had been greatly reduced by their parasitic mite plague. When the Golden Empire was healthy and filled
these territories, the gecko would have been eaten alive, but now, with just a few weakened
and mite-infested ants, this gecko was living the high life eating flying insects and quite
possibly even our ants! You’ll find out more about how this gecko
actually helps us later on in the video. But meanwhile, let’s get to what everyone’s
been waiting for, the revelation of our Angel of Death, and find out why the Hacienda Del
Dorado had to undergo, yet another renovation, namely this pond. AC Family, what’s coming up will truly leave
you flabbergasted, as it did me! And trust me, you won’t want to miss, Phase
B of Project Cloverfield, the deployment and introduction of more creatures, coming up. So, last week, within this receptacle awaited
our quote unquote “Angel of Death” to be released, a creature that, as mentioned, I needed to
help kill off all remaining Golden Empire. Now if you’re new here, and are wondering
what all this is about, real quick: the Golden Empire, one of the O.G. and beloved ant supercolonies
of this channel, which used to number in the millions, have been greatly reduced in population
by an unexpected, mass parasitic mite outbreak. Luckily, one of you AC Family commented in
a previous video featuring our rhino beetles, of all videos, identified that the mites seen
on their bodies were predatory Hypoaspis mites, that are known to eat bad parasitic mites
wanting to suck on beetle blood. This brilliant comment gave me the idea to
attempt using these Hypoaspis mites, to cure our mite-plagued Golden Empire from their
parasitic mites. So after a careful experiment, we were shocked
to discover that indeed, the Hypoaspis mites ate the parasitic mites on our ants. So in last week’s episode, I quarantined as
much of the remaining Golden Empire ants as I could collect from the Hacienda Del Dorado,
and exposed them to a team of Hypoaspis mites harvested from our rhino beetles, in a final
operation to save our Golden Empire. We even quarantined a mite-free queen, along
with a mite-free entourage from our experiment, to have safely put away, just in case, our
worst fears became reality, and our quarantined colony ended up losing their battle to the
mites. At least we had a mite-free queen and workers
to restart the Golden Empire from scratch. But, I think you’ll be happy to see the results
of Project Quarantine coming up later in this video, so do hang tight for that. But, as for the remaining ants still living
in the Hacienda Del Dorado that I missed, sadly I realized that I needed to exterminate
them, because I was afraid that had I just allowed these infected Golden Empire ants
to die out naturally, the mites, having no more food left, might crawl out of the Hacienda
Del Dorado and go on to infect all my other ant kingdoms in the ant room, which would
be a disaster, and wouldn’t take the mites long at all to execute. All ant keepers know that once an ant colony
contracts parasitic mites, they’re pretty much dead in no time, as we’ve seen so far
with the Golden Empire. So, here we are, AC Family, the Angel of Death,
its purpose: to kill all ants and the mites parasitizing them. I gave you guys a chance to guess its identity
in last week’s hidden video, through a riddle. A lot of you guys had some great guesses,
and some guesses were ummm… quite odd to say the least. But, if you missed it, here was the riddle: Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts, Feeding on dog food for brunch,
Or swimming in water during its wet months, Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues,
A beast that loves to snack and much, Eating the ants with mites for lunch. After several minutes, out of nowhere, our
Angel of Death peeked its bumpy head out. And then it clumsily plopped itself out of
its transport container, and onto Hacienda Del Doradan soil. AC Family, our Angel of Death, is a toad. A juvenile cane toad to be exact, most likely
a female, though they’re a bit harder to sex at this age. Let’s go over the riddle as we watch her snoop
around her new home! “Below the stars, this creature hunts,
Under the moon, it moves and grunts” These lines refer to these cane toads being
nocturnal by nature. They emerge in the night to eat insects and
small creatures. Males also make toad noises, either for mate-calling
or informing other males to avoid mating confusion. “Feeding on dog food for brunch” refers to
the fact that these cane toads are known to actually eat dog food. “Or swimming in water during its wet months”
refers to the fact that these toads are amphibians, with a fully aquatic life stage, where they
emerge from their eggs as tadpoles. “Nasty toxins come from this bunch,
I always wash my hands at once, Don’t touch your eyes nor touch your tongues”
refers to the fact that toads posses special organs at the sides of their heads called
parotid glads which when squeezed can release a milky-white fluid known as bufotoxin which
is poisonous to many animals. Human deaths have actually been recorded from
eating cane toads. As a kid, I made the mistake of rubbing my
eyes, after touching American toads, and believe me it wasn’t pleasant! And finally “A beast that loves to snack and
much, eating the ants with mites for lunch” refers to my deployment of this young cane
toad to be the creature to eat all the remaining Golden Empire ants in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Many of you guessed correctly by answering
“cane toad”, but even “toad” was correct. For the many of you that said “frog”, you
were partially correct because indeed toads are a type of frog, but not all frogs are
considered toads. Finally, in case you were second guessing
yourself, I designed this entire riddle to be an acrostic poem, where the first letters
of each line spelled “Bufonidae”, which happens to be the taxonomic family of true toads. Congrats to all who guessed it right. So my plan was to supplement this toad’s diet
with roaches and worms, and have it snack on our Golden Empire ants as it came across
them. Now I’ve owned cane toads before, and these
toads have very voracious appetites and at this size have been known to eat ants! So, I was confident our Angel of Death would
do an excellent job and picking off all remaining Golden Empire, but as I watched her disappear
over a hill, little did I know, she was going to surprise us with some alternate plans. But now that we had a toad living in the Hacienda
Del Dorado, we needed to make some alterations to the terrain. We needed to make these lands, toad country,
and to do that, we needed to add a pond. I began to scrape at the earth to make room
for a new body of water. Unlike most frogs, toads actually have the
advantage of not needing tonnes of water 24-7. Toads simply need to soak themselves periodically
but spend most of their time on land, so this body of water needed not be too deep. I used this naturalistic water holder to form
our new pond. Once in place, I added some bottled purified
water. I just couldn’t wait to watch our new toad
visiting this pond we made for it to soak itself up as needed. It’s part of the joys of caring for toads,
watching them hydroregulate on both land and water. So all was set. The Hacienda Del Dorado, now had a totally
new look. It had transformed into tropical bogland habitat,
perfect for our toad to enjoy and do its awesome work at eating our ants. What do you guys think of the Hacienda Del
Dorado’s new look? I also made sure to moisten the surrounding
area for added toad comfort. I really wanted for our toad to feel at home
here. Now although it didn’t seem the toad wanted
to show herself at the present time, I knew later in the night, she’d emerge to feed,
and when she did, I was going to be ready to film her eating ants! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced Angel of Death
was going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. Mite-infected Golden Empire ants were wandering
the premise. And look, stretching long aside our new pond,
emerged some young earthworms seeking new grounds. They scaled the moss and rocks in hopes to
find new places in which to form new burrows. These normally subterranean creatures have
emerged above ground as a response to rain. It seems wetting the lands earlier this evening
had filled the burrows of the local earthworms with water, causing them to come out and seek
drier soils. Earthworms, though kinda gross, are essential
to the ecosystems they are part of, as they are great at fertilizing plants, aerating
soils, and breaking down decaying matter. With the Hacienda Del Dorado being a 100%
bioactive terrarium, these earthworms are super important in these lands. AC Family, look at how they move by using
sections of their body to act as an anchor while the rest contracts, as it squirms forward. They can do this to move both forward and
backward. Earthworms don’t have eyes, but their skin
is photosensitive so they can sense light and shadows. This helps them avoid predators, but I knew
that all this worm squirming was the perfect lure to attract our Angel of Death out of
hiding to start feeding. But you know what, AC Family? I waited and waited. In fact, after several cups of coffee, I waited
all night until sunrise, and there was no sign of our Angel of Death. Hmm… What was going on here? No toad, and a whole sleepless night gone
by. The next morning, I scanned the lands in hopes
to find the toad perhaps hopping around or soaking in our pond. But to my dismay, she was nowhere to be found. Hmmm… I spotted members of the Golden Empire wandering
the grounds. Mites were clearly, and quite literally, draining
the life out of them. But the thing was, as weird as it is for me
to say this because I love these ants, we really needed them all eaten asap, to make
sure Project Cloverfield was successful, so we wouldn’t have to worry about mites crawling
out of the terrarium to infect my other ants and critters, nor would we have to worry if
we ever decided to repopulate the Hacienda Del Dorado with ants again, more about that
later. But we truly depended on this cane toad, wherever
it was in here, to get going and start ant-eating! Night 2 of Project Cloverfield. The Hacienda Del Dorado was still, and I was
determined to film our Angel of Death emerging and eating. Scanning the premises, it seemed our toad
was still nowhere to be seen, but I was camped out and prepared to endure another long, sleepless
night. To help the time pass while waiting for our
toad to emerge, I enjoyed watching our rhino beetles, also nocturnal, coming out to feed,
and speaking of which guys, for those of you following their story and anticipating the
2019 Rhino Beetle Games, I’ve got some pretty exciting news, particularly for you Team Hephaestus! Your champion, Team Hephaestus has officially
arrived. Here he is gorging on his banana. I’ve got all emerged beetles stacked side-by-side,
and have weights holding their covers down as they are super strong and have grown capable
of lifting their lids open! Talk about strength! I can’t wait for the Rhino Beetle Games to
finally start, once the final male rhino beetle, Hades, has fully hardened and has charged
up, ready to go. I bet this will happen in a week or so, and
when it does, may the Rhino Beetle Games begin! Who out there is as excited as I am? What team are you guys?! Sound off in the comments section, and cheer
on your champion Gladiator, for a chance at winning a prize at the end of the games. But waiting seems to be all we’ve been doing
lately, and will you believe, once again all night, our toad refused to emerge. What was going on here? Night 3 of Project Cloverfield, and still
no sign of our Angel of Death. Where could this toad be? Seriously, I mean it wasn’t coming out to
eat and I was certain it hadn’t come out to soak either seeing as I saw no splash marks
on the glass. We needed to lure it out somehow. And so I came up with a plan! For sure this toad was probably dry and needed
to come out to soak itself soon, but perhaps it didn’t know there was even a fresh pond
here waiting to hydrate its dry bumpy skin! So, I looked up a Youtube video and found
an 11 hour audio video of a peaceful river and played that gently below the terrarium. My hopes were that the sounds would entice
our dehydrated toad to come out of hiding, to have a soak and then eat some ants already! And AC Family, what it did do was entice our
baby gecko to emerge, who curiously checked out where the sounds of running water was
coming from. “I don’t remember there being a river here!”
it thought to itself. After nearly 3 hours of waiting and still
no sign of the toad, I figured that maybe our spotlight was perhaps scaring it. After all, these cane toads were dark-loving
creatures, so I reduced the light to further cloak the lands in darkness. For sure the toad was going to come out now! No bright lights to fear, beloved Angel of
Death. Please come out for us tonight! It was getting critical, with every passing
night, waiting for this toad to do its thing. We needed the toad to eat all these ants carrying
mites, and with every passing day, more of these ants were dying, which meant more hungry
mites looking for new hosts. If this continued, our other ants and critters
in the Ant Room were in immediate danger. Now I’m sure a lot of you were wondering the
same thing I was wondering, and that was if our resident house gecko was actually eating
the ants. If this was the case, we actually didn’t need
a toad, and this gecko would have become the new Angel of Death to wipe out our Golden
Empire. So I made sure to watch the gecko as well,
and check this out, AC Family! I was surprised to discover, that it actually
had no interest in our ants of the Golden Empire, but it did relish any flying queen
alates of other ant species that were dropping in to check out the currently unoccupied territories
in hopes to start a nest! I watched it actively hunt down and eat black
crazy ant queens dropping in to house shop! I had no idea other ants from the outside
were even visiting the Hacienda Del Dorado. Amazing to see how much actually happens in
the night that we day-beings miss! Turns out the presence of our gecko was actually
beneficial to the Golden Empire, acting as a guardian to outside ant queens, wanting
to steal these fertile lands from its original owners. This gecko and our ants had in a way established
a mutually symbiotic relationship, a biological partnership. But speaking of biological partnerships, it
seems ours with our Angel of Death was not quite working out. Over the next few hours, I stayed up only
to a motionless terrarium, no toad coming out to feed nor soak, and all to the droning
and soon annoying sound of running stream water. On Night 4, I tried a couple things. I figured maybe it needed a rain shower to
encourage its emergence. After all many insects and amphibians emerge
after it rains here in the Philippines. This did not work. No toad. I tried luring the toad out with a superworm. Surely no toad could resist the tantalizing
squirming of a live superworm, right? Nope, no toad in sight. OK, what was going on here?! I have a lot of patience, but this toad was
truly holding off on us. In a final act of desperation, I even tried
my best to sing the toad out, probably an idea that came out of delirious lack of sleep. I remember nodding off to sleep on the Ant
Room floor, singing some Mariah Carey, some time before sunrise (I’m thinking of you in
my sleepless solitude tonight). I gave my all, and nothing was working! I had to rip myself away from this toad for
moment. Let’s take a look at our recuperating quarantined
Golden Empire. How were they doing now that a team of Hypoaspis
mites had infiltrated their mite-infested colony? AC Family, I think you’ll be as shocked as
I was to see what I saw. Have a look! Are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Ants with little to no mites, or actually,
I don’t think I could see any mites at all! It had been about a week of exposure to the
Hypoaspis mites. I don’t actually know where the Hypoaspis
mites were, as they were no longer visible in the honey-water tube through which they
were introduced to the quarantine setup. I dunno, do you guys see any Hypoaspis mites
or parasitic mites on our ants? My guess was that the Hypoaspis mites were
perhaps somewhere frequenting the ants’ burrows within this AC Outworld in which they were
setting up shop for now picking off the parasitic mites they came across. When I saw this, my heart leaped in my chest! AC Family, I think our plan worked! It seems that within a week, the colony was
parasitic mite-free, or at least it seemed the majority of them were. I resolved to keep an close eye on this quarantined
colony and monitor them over the next couple of weeks or so before we conclude for sure
that they’ve battled the mites. If so, I think we could go ahead and reunite
our insurance queen and her entourage safely back to the colony. What a relief, AC Family. I feel our Golden Empire is well on the road
to recovery and if all goes well will one day regenerate back into the supercolony they
once were. But now we had to get serious about ensuring
the success of Project Cloverfield. Behold, within this AC Ant Tower, I had three
superworms, which were to act as bait. My plan was to fixate this Ant Tower inside
the Hacienda Del Dorado and hopefully entice the toad to come out! If this plan wasn’t going to work tonight,
I was drawing up some plans for a Phase B for Project Cloverfield, which I think you
guys might find super neat! Night 5 of Project Cloverfield. Not a toad in sight. I could feel that by this 5th night our toad
was hungry and eager to eat. I was prepared to catch it emerging at any
moment, and AC Family, you won’t believe what happened on Night 5. Nothing. Literally nothing. No toad. This was the final straw. I had to go in and find our Angel of Death,
who at this point I wanted to nickname Angel of No Show! I began to feel around the setup to try to
get it to jump out of hiding. By this day, I was greatly underslept, now
catching a bad cold due to staying up late all these nights, which would explain why
you may have noticed that it sounds like I have a frog in my throat for this video, pun
intended, but most of all I was acting out of fear that the mites which were eliminating
every ant in here one by one, and were making plans now to migrate to my other ant colonies
and critter setups, and I couldn’t let this happen! Phase B of Project Cloverfield was now in
full effect! When I couldn’t get the toad to jump out into
sight, I proceeded to remove the driftwood to get a better look, and that was when I
saw it! There it is! There you are. Our Angel of Death jumped into sight! Come here on little guy. Where have you been? AC Family, behold! Our elusive Angel of Death. I have no idea why our toad didn’t emerge
to feed. Do any of you guys have any ideas? Unless she was feeding quietly in the shadows
somewhere. Anyway first thing’s first, I moistened the
toad with some fresh water. Second, I dropped in a superworm, which she
totally ignored. I also stuck in a few roaches which were also
ignored. I’ve had cane toads in the past, and this
was not typical cane toad appetite, so perhaps she was just frightened. After a vet visit, I’ll have to rehome our
Angel of Death to a loving home. I decided not to replace the driftwood I removed
on this end. Why? Well, AC Family, we’ll be needing a bit more
room for the completion of Project Cloverfield Phase B. So, AC Family, are you ready for
this? We really needed to exterminate these remaining
ants carrying the parasitic mites, and so after careful searching, I found the perfect
agents to do the job that our Angel of Death failed to do. Perhaps I was a little ambitious trying to
deploy an Angel of Death to wipe our Hacienda Del Dorado clean of ants. But this time, guys, I was going to try something
smaller, some Death Sprites. AC Family behold, our new Death Sprites to
carry out the completion of Project Cloverfield! It’s night time in the Hacienda Del Dorado,
Night 1 of Phase B of Project Cloverfield, the first night that our newly introduced
Death Sprites were going to spend, within these territories, in our Antiverse. And look, it’s our house gecko making an appearance
to check out the lowlands. But what is it doing down here? Let’s see. It seems to be looking for something. Quietly it smells the area with its tongue
like a serpent, and moves across the floor honing in something that has caught its attention. Ahh here it is. A pile of rotting banana, placed here from
the Bowl of Life to attract fruit flies and ants to the area. She licks the sweet and fermented banana cum
gusto. Scrumptious and delectable! But then a rustling of leaves caught my eye. Look here! There beneath the dead leaves, waits in the
darkness, one of our several Death Sprites, a painted toad. Also called narrowmouth toads, these microhylid
toads are endemic to where I live, emerging to hunt at night. She’s such a beautiful death sprite, isn’t
she, hiding steathily in darkness? But the big question was: did she have a taste
for ants? So much relied on whether or not these tiny
painted toads would eat our ants, and I was determined to find out. I waited and watched. Yes! Yes! Thanosed! Alright, AC Family! It’s too bad our cane toad wasn’t a mainstay
on the channel, but these new painted toads were literally added last night, and as you
saw, we have proof that they’ve been feeding on the Golden Empire. What should we name our new group of painted
toad Death Sprites? Let me know in the comments! I’ll continue filming these cuties through
the week and document their activity closely, to see if they will go on to successfully
eat all our ants within the Hacienda Del Dorado. It’s great to know that the Golden Empire
looks like they’re well on their way to recovery, as well! So guys, be sure to smash that subscribe button
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guys, and you won’t want to miss that! The games may come sooner than you think! If you’re new to the channel, and want to
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playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of our new painted toads
within the Hacienda Del Dorado. Get a sneak peek into next week’s episode
and get a closer look at these incredible amphibians. They belong to the genus Kaloula and are endemic
to the Philippines, so chances are you may not have seen them before. Check them out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why couldn’t we just let the remaining ants
within the Hacienda Del Dorado die out? Congratulations to MasterDhen who correctly
answered: The mites might spread and might
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All Ants Dead?

All Ants Dead?


But something is still worrying me. Our Titans, our Asian marauder ants have disappeared
from sight yet again. The last time they disappeared, we happened
to find them in pretty impressive numbers after pulling out some weeds. But since then, their disappearance has been
very unsettling to me. I see wandering black crazy ants inside, but
no Titans. Are the Titans still alive? There was only one way to find out! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy. I can’t believe it’s come to this. I had to know. All I needed to see was even a few workers,
from a scoop of soil within the Garden of Eden, this terrarium home to our Titans, who
needless to say, have gone through a lot over the past several months since moving in here. AC Family, believe me when I say this, you
will want to keep on watching until the end! This Garden of Eden series has been called
the Dragon’s Curse Saga because it has all been quite a twisted and eerie tale, I’ve
never before experienced in all my years of ant keeping. There were signs this terrarium was cursed,
perhaps by the great bearded dragon who had inhabited these lands in the Garden of Eden’s
prehistoric times but died earlier last year. It seemed the dragon’s spirit lingered, as
we attempted to re-cultivate it into a land to house our ants. You, the AC Family, voted for the Jawbreakers,
our Trap-jaw ants to move in, but before that could happen a colony of wild black crazy
ants broke into the Jawbreakers’ setup and extinguished our Jawbreakers. We then decided to move in our Titans, our
majestically polymorphic marauder ants. Once inside, the colony’s health immediately
began to show signs of fading and we thought they had all died out. We then tried to move in our Dark Knights,
our black crazy ants, who immediately broke out of the setup, so we had to literally vacuum
them out and place them back into their original setup. We received a ray of hope one day when we
discovered that the Titans were actually still alive, but that was short-lived when literally
out of the soils appeared an ant-baby-eating, self-cloning snake, which we managed to collect
but died before we could do anything with it. The Titans disappeared once again, but thankfully
resurfaced again, and just when we thought it was all over, a colony of black crazy ants
and wild pharaoh ants broke into the Garden of Eden and invaded Titans’ lands. We captured the pharaoh ants to keep as pets
but they ended up mysteriously contracting mites which immediately ended our journey
with them. As for the Black Crazy Ants, they still actively
frequent Garden of Eden lands, seemingly ruling it now. Isn’t this all just one huge crazy story? I cannot believe everything that has happened. Which brings us to this ultimate moment, after
the Titan’s third disappearance for weeks from sight, it was time to truly take matters
into our own hands and get to the bottom of this Dragon’s Curse Saga, literally. It was time to dig out the Garden of Eden,
and see if our Titans were simply growing their numbers underground or had truly died. Like an aggravated tempest, I tore and ripped
away at the vegetation of the Garden of Eden, which once used to sit so pristine and beautiful. Now, it was like a thick impenetrable blanket
hiding the truth of the darkness that lay within. I saw nothing so far. Clearing away some of the brush, I immediately
spotted the wild crazy ants within one of the driftwood pieces. It was where they had setup camp. They scrambled carried their brood in a panic. I had to keep going. We needed our Titans to survive! I moved earth and tried my best to dig at
the surface. All I wanted to see were some Titan workers,
perhaps hit a vein of their underground network was all I needed to stop. I saw nothing of this. I removed the first piece of driftwood. There was nothing under it. No Titans, just lots of wild black crazy ants
scrambling for their lives. I removed the second piece of driftwood. Nothing still. I began to dig at the earth, turning up the
soils. All I could see were earthworms. Earthworms everywhere. They had done a great job at keeping the soils
conditioned. My wish was that the Titans were as thriving
and successful, somewhere below. As I continued to dig away, I had to make
sure I was careful not to dig too deep or too forcefully, in hopes to not injure the
queen. If I accidentally split the queen in half
during this major excavation, the colony if alive would definitely be irrevocably doomed. Again, all I saw were earthworms. I removed the final piece of driftwood, and
dug away at the earth to find signs of Titan life. Wild black crazy ants scrambled about, as
well as the various tiny creatures like Springtails and snails, but no Titans. And then I saw it. I was shocked AC Family. Look at what I found laying in the upturned
soil. It was, a decapitated Titan head. I wasn’t sure if it was the head of a supermajor
or that of our Titan’s queen. My heart sank. We had to keep looking. Let’s keep hopeful, AC Family. There was still a chance our Titans were hiding
in a subterranean refuge somewhere in here. I dug deep, into the first corner, the second
corner, the third corner, and fourth corner. After literally 2 hours of digging, I found… Remains of our Titans, and sadly it looked
like gaster segments of her royal highness, the Titans queen. My worst fears were confirmed. I’m afraid, AC Family, our Titans are gone. I checked everywhere. The Garden of Eden which used to be a beautiful
sanctuary for creatures and our ants, was now an upturned and devasted land of wreckage. I am sorry, AC Family. I am deeply saddened by this loss of our Titans. Marauder ants, known scientifically as Carebara
diversa, though an impressive species have been known to be extremely difficult to keep
in captivity, but I didn’t want to make that an excuse. I did my best to keep them alive and happy
by providing them with all the resources and space they needed to thrive, but this succession
of just so many endangering events befell them, that they failed to prevail. It was an amazing journey keeping these ants
for the 8 months that they were with us, but as is true in nature, only the strongest live
on. It ensures the vitality of all living things
on the planet, as only the best genetic combinations get passed on to the next generation, driving
evolution forward, and keep life resilient. I try to document on this channel, the real
and epic lives of ants as they unfold in front of our eyes in our ant room, and sadly sometimes
that does mean death. May the Titans, our Asian marauder ants rest
in peace, and hopefully as well to the Dragon’s spirit and the conclusion this curse. AC Family, we have finally come to the end
of this epic ant story. In order that we may start a new one. AC Family, welcome to El Dragon Island. Oh my, AC Family. Who would have ever thought keeping and watching
ants would be such an emotional rollercoaster? Tune in to next week’s huge episode, when
I show this new paludarium, a half terrarium – half aquarium setup, for which so many of
you have been requesting forever, specially designed for our new, yet unnamed Polyrachis
colony from last week’s video. If you’re into aquatics, you won’t want to
miss next week’s episode, plus I got an official species and biology profile on our new Polyrhachis
ants, and AC Family, I know you will be thrilled! You won’t want to miss it, so do remember
to subscribe if you haven’t yet and join the AC Family, and hit that LIKE button every
time, even now. AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch a tribute video to our Titans. Before I proceed to the AC Question of the
week, in case you haven’t watched our past few videos, I wanted to quickly plug my new
DAILY VLOGGING CHANNEL, yes that’s a new video every day, for those who may be curious as
to what I work on in between these weekly ant videos. If you assumed I was just some ant geek keeping
ants in his condo, yes, you’re absolutely correct, but you may be surprised to see what
you find on my vlogging channel. Thanks to all AC Family, who have already
subscribed. It means a lot to me! Alright and now it’s time for the AC Question
of the Week. Last Week we asked: What evidence did we see
that show ants take gulps when they drink? Congratulations to Evan Sisneroz who correctly
answered: The drop of honey was pulsating. Congratulations Evan Sisneroz, you just won
a free ebook handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Name any of the creatures
we found while digging into the Garden of Eden. Leave your answer in the comments section
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Ants vs. Mites – The War Has Begun

Ants vs. Mites – The War Has Begun


Oh boy! I’m back home and I finally have the answers
I’ve been waiting for for weeks. AC Family, there is just so much that has
happened. The Black Dragons, the name given by you the
AC Family to my young Polyrhachis ant colony living in their dragon skull, had strangely
disappeared while I was away on a trip, and for the entire 16 hr plane ride back, my imagination
dreamt up some of the most intricate of scenarios. Were they killed from a savage Pharaoh ant
invasion? Had they all drowned somehow in the waters
of El Dragon? Were they just hidden somewhere in the soils? Had they escaped? It had to be one of these scenarios, and finally
after an agonizing two and a half weeks of waiting to get back home to my Ant Room, I
finally got to the bottom of the disappearance of the Black Dragons, and you won’t believe
the new chapter that is now opening for El Dragon Island! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! Opening the door to the Ant Room was a whole
mix of emotions. It was morning when I arrived. I was happy to be back home, but needless
to say, I was eager to see how the ant colonies have been doing, for as you well know, a lot
can happen in the Antiverse in just three weeks. I immediately noticed how much all the ant
kingdoms had changed. Starting with the Selva de Fuego, the South
American rainforest river home to the Fire Nation, our massive fire ant colony was ravenous
as usual, tearing up a roach, but their territories had indeed transformed, both aquatic and terrestrial
vegetation had thickened considerably, and I was interested to spend some time finding
out if our alien shrimp experiment from a few weeks back had worked. I also made some cool discoveries in the Hacienda
Del Dorado, kingdom to the Golden Empire, our great super colony of yellow crazy ants
and a kraken blue crayfish beast living in their communal pool, but more about that soon. The Dark Knights, our multi-queen super colony
of Black Crazy Ants in their transparent towers, were enjoying the morning’s humidity and appeared
happy as normal. In the lowlands, lay the Shire, territories
of our fierce colony of Asian Bullet Ants, who we last watched engage in a hunting session
for live termite queens and kings in Nuptial Flight. Take a look at how lush and green their kingdom
became, and guess what guys, I peaked into their nest and was pleased to discover something
that may pleasantly surprise you. I also couldn’t wait to check on how the king
and queen termite alates I saved to start a termite colony were doing. All this and more coming soon! Because despite all these crazy things to
report and look into, my main priority today was to see what had happened to the Black
Dragons in their island paludarium known as El Dragon, and it seemed you the AC Family,
based on a poll ran on our community tab, felt the same. Today we were going to get some answers. So here before me stood El Dragon Island. Still beautiful, but its vegetation had grown
a bit thin, simply due to cutting it back so much to keep it properly sized. So first, I had to verify that the Black Dragons
were indeed gone from the last location we had seen them: in the skull. I picked up the dragon skull and turned it
over to examine the inside. There was the nest, impressively created by
the Polyrhachis ants, using debris glued together with silk produced by their larvae. At first glance, I couldn’t tell if the nest
was indeed empty, so I moved the skull against the light to get a better look at the interior. Ok yes, the nest was definitely evacuated. No ant silhouettes. So where then could they have gone? Next, time to look for any avenues of escape,
specifically leaves or sticks touching the glass at any point which could have given
the Black Dragons access off the island. For El Dragon, my instruction to my house
keeper, who takes great care of all the ants in the Ant Room when I am away, was to cut
all leaves getting close to the glass walls. Doing so ensured the ants remained confined
to the island and would not have a bridge to the glass and therefore to the outside
world. I was nervous because escape seemed to be
a likely possibility because of the fact that all food placed onto El Dragon during this
period of disappearance appeared untouched. Usually, the ants would take the leftovers
and dump them into the waters for the shrimps to consume, but when the ants disappeared
that all seemed to have stopped. Checking the front glass. Clear of plant contact. Checking the back. Also clear of plants touching. I checked the east end of the island, nothing
touching, and the west island, also clear of any leaves or driftwood coming in contact
with the glass. Hmmm… OK, so no apparent bridge, so they couldn’t
have escaped. This was actually also very assuring to me
because no bridge also eliminated the possibility that the Black Dragons were invaded by wild
savage ants! I don’t see any pharaoh ants anywhere on the
island. In fact, I didn’t see them anywhere! Looking around my Ant Room, I suddenly noticed
that savage Pharaoh ants were no longer seen trailing in their usual locations. After eight grueling months of invasions and
terrorism against our ant colonies, it seems the Pharaoh ants had finally decided to move
on and out of the Ant Room! The Pharaoh ants must have collectively decided
the Ant Room no longer offered them the valuable food and shelter resources they needed. Thank goodness for that! So if they weren’t invaded, and hadn’t escaped
via a bridge touching the glass, my next guess was perhaps they had all drowned? I found this highly unlikely because they
long proved their proficiency around water but AC Family, let’s move down into the waters
to inspect. El Dragon’s River of Dragon’s Tears was crystal
clear. Amazing to think that after half a year, these
waters were healthy and clean. The hair grass had since grown into a thick
carpet creating a very favourable habitat for our rasbora fish, who enjoyed the natural
cover it offered. Our rasbora fish by the way, began as a school
of ten, but after counting them today, their numbers had increased to 12! They had been breeding in here! And look at how bright and vividly coloured
the males were! It was clear the rasboras really took to this
River of Dragon’s Tears, well. So did the shrimp! The red cherry shrimp was the predominant
genetic colour phase that survived over the generations. But perhaps the most impressive was the amano
shrimp! Check out how big they got! The amano shrimp were almost two inches long! I had no idea they would get this big! Looking all around there were no signs of
Polyrhachis ant bodies anywhere in the water. The rasbora fish couldn’t have eaten them,
as they were much too small. Could the shrimp have eaten all evidence of
their drowned cadavres? Perhaps, but again, all of them drowning seemed
a bit of a stretch for me. So now, there was only one other option left. Could they have simply relocated somewhere
else on El Dragon Island? After all, from past experience, the Black
Dragons were quick to decide to relocate, seemingly on a whim. So now, I had to dissect El Dragon Island
and look for the Black Dragons. AC Family, here we go… I opened the tank, and that is when I saw
it! Oh no… A leaf was touching the LED bank! AC Family, I completely did not anticipate
this. Failing to inform my house keeper to also
make sure the canopy of the paludarium was clear of leaf contact was completely my mistake. This was the bridge! Alright, so let’s reassess the possibilities
now. Invading pharaoh ants, still to me was unlikely
because knowing pharaoh ants, had they moved in and eaten our Black Dragons and brood,
they would have stuck around and not moved out of the Ant Room. We also would be seeing them on the island. This leaves us with the most likely situation. AC Family, the Black Dragons had moved out
of El Dragon Island, and relocated their whole colony somewhere in my Ant Room! OMG! I looked around, all around my ceiling, and
the other terrariums. They could literally be anywhere here! So many places in which they could have nested,
unless they actually marched out one of the open windows and back into the outside world. Oh man! I stopped to think about this for a second. Could the Black Dragons really be gone? Well, the good thing about all this was that,
there was a good chance the Black Dragons were at least unharmed, and returning back
into the wilderness from where they originally came could be seen as a good thing for them,
right? If I ever did find them in the Ant Room, I
would surely let you guys know about it ASAP, but AC Family, I think we solved the mystery
of their disappearance. This was the bittersweet end of our journey,
at least for now, with the Black Dragons. Goodbye Black Dragons. We’ll really miss you. But as we’ve seen time and time again, when
one good thing heads out the window, it makes room for another to enter. When a good friend of mine heard that our
Black Dragons had reportedly disappeared, he told me of a friend of his who was offering
me a colony, in case of the worst, to replace the Black Dragons. And when I found out the Black Dragons were
indeed gone, I contacted him and took him up on his friend’s offer. So AC Family, behold. Our new friends! Within this test tube is an active colony
of Polyrhachis ants. How neat right? Sure they’re not our Black Dragons and never
will be, but they’ve come to us. Let’s pick them up and take a closer look. The test tube was jam packed with about 50
or so worker ants. This species, also belonging to the genus
Polyrhachis, was similar to our Black Dragons but instead of being all black and shiny,
their gasters were a beautiful silvery gold colour! And suddenly, as if bearing herself in all
her majestic glory, the queen of the colony stepped out into the open for us to see. Wow isn’t she just amazing? But it was then that I spotted something that
made my heart sink! Something that completely caught me off guard. AC Family, have a look. Do you guys see what I see? If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m using a new
upgraded camera to film this episode because I would eventually like to start uploading
these ant videos in 4K, but the incredible clarity of the camera has allowed me to see
what exists in the microworld a whole lot better, and AC Family, do you see the droves
and masses of parasites? Mites, AC Family. This Polyrhachis colony was completely infested
with mites. Oh man! It looked absolutely repulsive and agonizing. Some ants were scratching themselves and showing
concerning signs of discomfort! My immediate response to this was to reject
these ants. I had to give them back! I couldn’t take these mite-infested ants in. But then, my mind brought me to lay eyes on
the neighbouring Golden Empire, our huge and brilliant colony of yellow crazy ants. If you’ve been AC Family for awhile, you’ll
know that the Golden Empire in its beginnings were also victims of a mite plague. It was devastating to discover but with persistence
and collective remedies from you the AC Family, we managed to successfully eradicate the mites
naturally. I imagined that had we taken the easy route
and given up on the Golden Empire when we discovered they had mites, we wouldn’t have
this amazing, thriving ant colony, we call the Golden Empire, today! We’ve successfully battled mites before, and
if there was anyone who could save these Polyrhachis ants, it would be us, AC Family. Fate delivered them to our doorstep, and a
part of me felt like if we were to not take these ants in, they would surely die. Without having to run a poll, I already knew
you ant-loving AC Family were with me on this. We needed to give these ants a fighting chance
against these mites, and we were their only hope! And so, I went ahead and made the executive
decision to move these Polyrhachis ants onto El Dragon Island to start their rehabilitation
against this mite infestation. My plan was to place this test tube directly
onto the island and hope the ants would take to the various hiding places on the island
to nest. So AC Family, here we go. I placed the test tube inside. Alright, and now it was time to remove the
cotton blocker: 1 – 2 – 3! The Polyrhchis were free to explore the island. At first, the ants seemed weary to rush out
and explore their new surroundings, but eventually, the ants began to wander around. Check ’em out! At first they hung out in the area around
the test tube, and soon began to wander further and explore. They climbed the branches, inspected the plants,
and ventured off into El Dragon’s wilderness to report their findings back to the colony. Even after several minutes, the colony still
seemed reluctant to leave their test tube, but what better way to encourage the ants
to come out of hiding than a little bit of tasty honey. Shall we, AC Family? Placing a drop of honey onto a spot on the
dirft wood. And it wasn’t long before one of them discovered
it! Wow! Look at it, AC Family! Now that the ant was keeping still, I could
actually see it’s amazing body and anatomy! Not only did this species of Polyrhachis have
an amazing irridescent metallic-coloured gaster, but it also bared the most incredible armoured
spines ever! It looked almost dangerous to touch, with
those sharp hooked body spines. As more ants came to drink from the honey
drop, I could also see how bad the mite infestation was. Check them out, AC Family. Mites encrusted the lining of their eyes,
and various parts of their body. And guys, look at this worker. It began to sort of twitch and convulse, assuming
from the discomfort caused by these body mites. Now guys, if you’re new to the channel and
the odd world of mites, here’s a crash course on what the two possible outcomes of this
mite infestation could be. Let’s start with the worst case scenario,
that these mites are lethal blood-sucking mites. These types of parasitic mites, latch on to
soft areas of a host insect and like a vampire, use their specialized mouth parts to pierce
into the insect to drink their hemolymph, the technical term for insect blood. I once had a colony of camponotus ants with
these blood-sucking mites, and turns out they died in a matter of days upon spotting the
mites. If these mites on these Polyrhachis ants were
blood-sucking mites, then chances are this ant colony would not last much longer. But, the other possible scenario is that these
mites are simply phoretic mites, meaning mites that have transformed into these specialized
body latchers, for the purposes of being transported to new more favourable lands. You see, when an environment gets too dry
or too wet, or provides too little food or water, or is “too much of anything” really,
for regular scavenging mites that feed on decaying material and fungi, the mites transform
into a life stage called the deutonymph stage, where they become body latchers onto other
larger insects until the insects carry them to a more fertile promised land. And when they do reach more favourable lands,
these deutonymph mites proceed to their next life stage, and fall off the host insect and
run off to live their ordinary helpful lives as scavengers. While they are body latchers, the phoretic
mites do not feed from the host insect’s blood. They’re just attached hitching a ride. In fact they don’t even eat at all! They don’t even have mouth parts or anuses
at this deutnymph mite stage. The mites infecting the Golden Empire in the
past, were these phoretic mites. Now according to my Acarologist friend, Dr.
Kaitlin Campbell from the University of North Carolina, a mite scientist who has helped
us with our mite-related troubles in the past, phoretic mites are not as deadly as the blood-sucking
mites, but they can still get dangerous for the ants if allowed to proceed to extreme
levels, especially for the queen and brood. I mean imagine having to eat, shed, and grow
as a larva or having to constantly egg-lay with all of these phoretic mites covering
you. Not good! Anyway, after we moved the Golden Empire into
their Hacienda Del Dorado last year, their mites did eventually fall off, so my hopes
in all of this, were that these mites infecting this Polyrhachis ant colony were also just
phoretic mites, and that the ever lush El Dragon Island here, would provide the mites
the perfect environment to transform out of the deutonymph phoretic stage and fall off
the ants. After this video is released, I will surely
have Dr. Kaitlin look at this video to get her opinion on whether or not these are phoretic
mites. Looking at the ant colony it did seem the
ants were much more open now to exploring the outside. Peeking into the test tube, I saw one ant
holding a single mature larva. Was this the only brood they had left? The queen must have stopped her egg-laying. This one larva was especially crucial then
because it was the only larva left that could spin the silk needed to construct their leaf
or debris nest. This sole larva was precious to their survival
and could not be allowed to die. Let’s hope it remains alive and functional
for the colony and unaffected by the mites. Suddenly, a commotion in the test tube. Workers were returning to the colony and reporting
something exciting they had discovered outside. Returning workers vibrated vigorously to get
other ants excited about the apparent news. It’s just amazing to be able to visually witness
news spreading through an ant colony like this. Could they be communicating the existence
of the honey drop? Not quite. It seems the ants have found something of
greater significance to them. I noticed ants entering and exiting the dragon’s
skull with great enthusiasm and vigor. AC Family, the Polyrhachis ants had officially
decided to make the colony move into the dragon’s skull. How awesome! It seems the Black Dragons and this colony
share similar tastes for housing. Coming back a few hours later, the test tube
was much more empty now with a small group still hanging out. Peeking into the skull and wow! There they are, huddled together in its cavities,
cleaning themselves, feeding each other, and resting. But perhaps the most shocking of all, was
this! It seemed the ants had found the Black Dragon’s
nest and were currently exploring the inside. And the next morning, the Polyrhachis ants
had moved into the nest, and those who couldn’t fit remained huddled around the outside! El Dragon was officially this Polyrhachis
colony’s new home. They even showed signs of territorialism,
and defended the premises aggressively from my threatening tweezers! So funny! Alright, AC Family, now that the ants were
settled in, here’s where we come together and come up with a mite rehabilitation plan. What should we do? In the past, we tried a variety of therapies
and it is hard to pinpoint which therapies actually worked at ultimately getting rid
of mites, but perhaps it was a combination of therapies. One was lemon therapy. Many of you AC Family suggested lemon therapy
in the past, that somehow the lemons contained certain agents that deterred the mites. As mentioned, we also tried introduction to
a lush terrarium in the past, which we have already done here today. Another remedy to our mite problem was introducing
healthy uninfected workers by combining two ant colonies together, but this was not something
we could do here until we were certain this Polyrhachis ant species was known to be polygynous,
and allowed more than one queen per colony, and also were ok with colony fusion of unrelated
ant colonies. Most ant species aren’t, meaning in most ants,
if two unrelated ant colonies were placed into a setup together, they would war to the
death. I would need to first get a proper ID on these
ants from my myrmecologist friend who studies Polyrhachis to see if there has been any research
on their biology and lifestyle, before we go ahead with mixing in a second colony, plus
I don’t think this is an easy species to find in the wild, so I anticipate we won’t be attempting
colony fusion therapy anytime soon. So what do you think, AC Family? Should we proceed with lemon therapy now? Or do you think taking these mite-infested
ants in was a mistake? Should I just get rid of the colony and retire
El Dragon Island? Transform it into another terrarium for another
ant colony perhaps? Let me know your thoughts in the comments
section. The fate of El Dragon and these ants is in
your hands. Alright AC Family, didn’t I tell you this
episode was a lot? I personally have high hopes for this Polyrhachis
colony, and feel we can help them battle the mites, but the colony is still young and it
does look like they are off to a rough start. Also, if they do make it, would you guys be
OK if we call this colony the Black Dragons II? Let me know. Guys, be sure to hit that SUBSCRIBE button
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so you can watch how all of the ant colonies you love on this channel, came to be, all
their challenges and hardships, all their successes and life events, their entire story
lines can now be watched from the very start so you can better appreciate the journey these
ants, as well as us watching them, have been embarking on. It’s incredible how epic the lives of ants
are! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch the entire process of the ants moving into
El Dragon, and also take a deeper look at how bad the mite infestation actually is. Assess it for yourselves. Before we proceed to the AC Question of the
Week, I would like to plug my daily vlogging channel. I upload a vlog every single day of my travels
around the world, which often includes a lot of nature stuff. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why is a path like that in this video
a great location to find queen ants? Congratulations to Bals Patric who correctly
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because when the queen is looking for a place for her nest, she will go out in open field
(the path) where it is easier to notice her. Congratulations Bals Patric you just won a
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ask: Why do we hope these
mites are phoretic mites? Leave your answer in the comments section
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My New WEAVER ANTS Will Blow Your Mind

My New WEAVER ANTS Will Blow Your Mind


Which brings me, AC Family, to this. Although we say goodbye to one colony in the
Antiverse, there’s something on the opposite side of the Ant Room that has been erected,
something I know for a fact, you guys will be ultimately thrilled about! AC Family behold, the framework to what will
be the future home to one of the greatest species of social insects I know, and our
next kingdom construct set to be our greatest of all time! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! AC Family, this is what it’s all about! It all boils down to this epic moment. Some would argue, keeping ants doesn’t get
any cooler than what is about to happen tonight in our Ant Room. Today we build an epic climate-controlled,
tropical ant kingdom, unlike any you’ve seen before on this channel, for one of the most
incredible and highly coveted ant species in the entire world! In celebration of 3 Million subs this week,
I’ve finally decided to fulfill the overwhelming requests from you guys, to keep this species
of ant, and boy, am I glad I did, for what you’re about to see in this Weaver Ant Trilogy
series, will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Congrats to us for reaching 3M, AC Family,
and let’s get started, to welcome what I think are the coolest ants in the entire world! Asian weaver ants, known scientifically as
Oecophylla smaragdina, are perhaps one of the most unique ants on the planet. They’re known for their arboreal life in fruit
trees and shrubs, where they construct some of the most impressive hanging basket nests,
by gluing leaves together using silk produced by their larvae. You may or may not recall a past video from
5 years ago, when I was able to keep a large colony of Asian weaver ants for a little while,
but back in those days, I wasn’t uploading regularly, and turns out I released the colony
back into the wild, shortly after making a couple videos on them, when I felt they reached
numbers that made keeping them impractical at the time. But now, 5 years later, I’m much more prepared
and knowledgeable to handle a big colony of these arboreal Southeast Asian ant natives,
and with much more sophisticated equipment and 4K video, I am super thrilled to show
you just how awesome they are. Just to clarify, guys, this channel started
while I was living in Canada, hence the name, but I now live in the Philippines, where Asian
Weaver ants are common and native, so obtaining a colony of these ants was the easy part. Building them a set up to suit their needs
and lifestyle was the hard part! So here was my plan! Behold this massive glass and mesh enclosure
which will be the new ant kingdom to our weaver ants. It’s actually built to house reptiles, and
is so large that I’ve had to buy new furniture, and do some rearranging of some of the ant
colonies. You may be asking what this contraption is
there. Well AC Family, I’ll be getting to what that
awesome thing is later in the video. The tank has a lower glass basin area that
will prevent water from leaking, quite useful as I have some really interesting plans involving
water for this setup. I love this enclosure because it’s got some
impressive height, which will be useful for setting up the perfect habitat for the weaver
ants. That right there stuck onto the glass is a
digital thermometer and hygrometer, so we can closely monitor the temperature and humidity
within this enclosure, and beside it, a hole for accommodating electrical cables and such,
but we’ll be using that later as the entrance point for our weaver ants. And where are the weaver ants you ask? Well, they’ve been sitting here quietly inside
this plastic container waiting for their new home. Inside it is a big weaver ant leaf nest, freshly
clipped from a tree, with about 500 workers and lots of brood, or so I’m told. Ooohhh anyone else’s heart beating faster? OK just me? Fine! I it to move the ants in! But first we needed to setup the lands, and
build an epic kingdom fit for a huge colony of weaver ants! The LED and heat lamps were already installed
and working. The glass panels at the front open up and
are locked in place with a key. It’s important it remains locked as these
ants are very aggressive and their bites plus formic acid sprays can really pack a punch! Alright guys, let’s do this! I started by adding my plants. I’ll go into more detail as to what these
plants are and why I chose them in a little bit, but I really hoped the ants would like
them and find them suitable for nest building. I added some bioactive soils that I had stored
from previous vivariums. By bioactive, I mean the soils, already had
its community of microorganisms and creatures like springtails which would help eat up any
mold or garbage caused by the ants. This was important because with primary access
only through the front of the tank, I couldn’t do much spot cleaning and have the front glass
panels open for too long, unless I intend to have lots of escaped weaver ants roaming
the Ant Room! I would would have to rely on the cleaning
team of soil organisms to eat up all that ant garbage for us. To add to the microorganisms and also provide
the plants with some great fertilizer, I added earthworm cast to the medium. It was important that the plants remain healthy
because weaver ants really depend on the well-being and health of the plants they live in! I then added some driftwood to help be the
connector between the two plants, and offer a lot of great routes and bridges for navigation
around the living space. I want the ants to feel like they’re in the
trees with a good array of branchwork, and so after 3 more hours of building, this is
what the new terrarium looked like! AC Family, behold! I’m pleased to present the Canopy of Vortexia. Vortexia is a tropical branchwork of sticks
and plants, containing multitudinous layers of leaves, vines, and twigs for the weaver
ants to travel on. I’ve designed it so it also looks great when
viewing from the side. Let’s open it up for a closer look! Ohhh! What do you guys think? I personally love the lush, beautiful chaos
of it all! This plant used here is a Schefflera plant,
a type of umbrella tree. I’ve chosen it because its leaves resemble
a citrus tree, which weaver ants are known to nest in. I’ve decided to opt for Schefflera over citrus
because it was a less demanding plant compared to citrus, and more practical for growing
indoors. The other plant used is a money tree, aka
Guiana Chestnut. I’ve chosen this plant because its leaves
resemble that of mango which is the number 1 favourite tree weaver ants love to nest
in! I truly hope the weaver ants will find one
of these two plants worthy of their basket nests! In the corner there, for additional living
furnishings, I’ve placed a clump of hanging spanish moss, and down here, I’ve planted
some ivy to creep and vine its way around the territories as it pleases to give it that
jungle look! I’ve also added more vines around the lands
to help make the place more weaver ant-friendly. These vines will act like roads and highways
connecting key areas of the territories together. Weaver ants love to travel along linear landmarks
like vines and sticks, so I’m certain the ants will love these. By this design, they will be able to get to
where they want to go quickly, and can form efficient trails wherever the please. Now moving up towards the upper left corner,
you’ll see where I’ve placed their primary food bowl. I’ve situated it at this location for convenience,
because it’s through this plugged hole here, where I’ll be adding the ants’ food. All I gotta do is unscrew it like so, and
remove the cap. This is a better option for access into the
nest because it’s a smaller hole, which means less ants escaping, and with my long tweezers
I can add and remove food as needed, but umm hopefully I’ll be better practiced at putting
the cap back on! Now are you ready for the best part about
this new ant kingdom? Well, as mentioned, we have our digital thermometer
and hygrometer here. It’s currently 30 degrees C and 78% humidity,
exactly what the conditions are outside. And that’s exactly what I want! This entire setup is designed to be climate
controlled to perfectly match the conditions outside where I live. Now are you ready to see why these lands are
called Vortexia? Answer coming in 1 – 2 – 3! Wait for it… wait for it… any moment now! Yes! Rains! As you may know a vortex is a swirling current
of water or air, and at exactly 8PM every night, the Canopy of Vortexia becomes the
site of a 1 minute rain storm, perfectly matching the rainy season here in the Philippines. I’ve outfitted the terrarium with an automated
irrigation system to simulate nightly rains every 8PM, fed from purified water in this
canister below. All of this moisture and humidity will be
valuable to our weaver ants, as these ants like the variety of dry and wet throughout
the day, as well as water the plants nicely. When the rains are done, Vortexia becomes
a beautifully wet haven with leaves cradling life-giving beads of water to provide the
lands humidity over the next 24 hrs. And look, just like outside, after it rains,
humidity rises and temperature drops slightly. But we also don’t want the lands to get too
humid and stuffy, so thankfully there is lots of great ventilation through this side mesh
panel, as well as the entire mesh ceiling. Talk about an epic climate-controlled setup,
wouldn’t you say? And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting
for. It was time to move our new weaver ant colony
in! Sitting above Vortexia, lies our container
of weaver ants. The container has a lid, but I won’t be opening
that. Instead I’ll be attaching a tube from the
container to the enclosure through that hole there to allow the ants to enter the new territories. Alright, and now for the hard part. Boring a hole into the container for the tube
which will lead the ants in. First, I needed to attach the tube into this
hole, stuffing the spaces around it with filter foam. Thankfully, these ants are large and aren’t
very destructive, so this will be enough to keep them from escaping. I then laid the tube close to the feeding
dish and placed onto it our bribe. A cup of beetle jelly, I had laying around
since the Rhino Beetle Games. It’s sweet and will be a perfect lure for
the ants to come out from within their container. And now for the hole. I was going to use scissors, but I needed
to work as fast as I could to minimize escapes and bites! My heart raced, as I ran through the motions
in my brain first. I was so nervous. Alright, AC Family, Let’s do this! I cut out a hole and used my thumb to block
it while securely sticking the tube inside, and done! Woah! Only a couple of ants managed to escape. Thank goodness! I then watched with baited breath as the very
first weaver ant wandered through the tube, and emerged into Vortexian territory. She smelled the air with her antennae, and
after giving herself a quick clean, she went on to explore her new surroundings. Wow! Look at her colour! She was a greenish brown colour, which is
special because these ants are usually more reddish in this locality. Weaver ants are more green towards Australia
where they are also native. She seemed curious exploring around, totally
uninterested at the cup of beetle jelly, but more excited to explore, and then suddenly,
out of nowhere oh! Hey, this was something to be excited about! Her excitement grew as she began to realize
that this was a totally different, unexplored world, surely better than the dark red plastic
container they were currently in. She began to explore the driftwood. I loved watching her excitement as she began
to realize more and more how awesome this new space was. And then came a second ant, emerging to smell
the delicious fresh air. I loved watching them make an exchange of
excitement as if to say OMG are you seeing what I’m seeing? I actually caught them coming together several
times to marvel in shared awe at the expanse of Vortexia beyond. Haha! So cute As for the two escaped ants, I put them in
to reunite with their colony. It wasn’t long before the ants began to explore
other areas of the territories, as more and more ants began to emerge bewildered and amazed
from the tube. The ants explored everywhere! And I mean everywhere! AC Family, I was happy to announce that, everything
went as planned, and the move had officially begun! I couldn’t wait to see leaf nests! A few minutes later, I looked into Vortexia
and saw this. One of the ants had found our sweet jelly
bribe. She licked the delectable jelly. She just couldn’t get enough! While she was keeping still I could really
admire how gorgeous these ants were! Look at that body, those long powerful legs,
a cute face, big beady black eyes, and a light frame. Perfect for tree top living! The ants truly seemed to be taking to the
new kingdom we’d made for them. There weren’t a lot of ants in here yet, but
I knew by tomorrow, they’d be filling the place and throwing a festival! The next day, I rushed to looked into Vortexia
to see the progress of their move. Were there any leaf nests yet? Nope. Just a few ants wandering around still, feeding
cum gusto on our jelly! Alright, it seems the ants were taking their
time at moving in. By now, ants were returning to the nest after
having their fill or wanting to spread news of the new space. I knew I just had to be patient, but all I
wanted to see were those leaf nests! In time! Meanwhile, the ants would fill up their social
stomachs, return to the colony and regurgitate some of the jelly into other ants’ mouths,
which would cause other curious ants to come wandering out. If you look carefully, you can see the jelly
in their social stomachs through their bodies. Having a social stomach is quite convenient
for ants, kinda like having an internal lunch box. The food is kept sterile. And then, the ants form a sort of kissing
position when transferring the food mouth to mouth, a process called trophallaxis. And it looks like our jelly is generating
interest! Go on ladies, tell the gang to come move out! I decided to leave the ants in peace, and
check up on them later. By mid day, it seemed there still wasn’t a
lot of progress, but it did seem like more and more ants were coming out now. They must really like it in their container! At least it did seem the ants loved our jelly! And I was certain word was spreading back
to the colony and they were planning their move any moment! There was a tonne of trophallaxis action going
on everywhere so that beetle jelly was surely making its rounds! I think right now the ants were content in
their container, treating Vortexia like an outworld just for feeding, but I knew it wouldn’t
be long before the leaves of their current nest in the container dry up and the ants
will be forced to seek a new nesting location. You see the benefit of living in leaf nests
is that the leaves natural transpire, releasing humidity, so weaver ant nests are always perfectly
humid thanks to the plants’ natural processes. But once the leaves making up the nest shrivel
up, which they eventually do, the ants create a new nest at a different location of the
tree, and it looks to me like we have some workers scouting the area already for potential
future real estate. I just loved watching the ants explore around! Adventuring high and low, chartering every
section of the land. I just knew they’d love these vines! Now as the ants continued doing their thing,
I wondered how they’d react to their first Vortexian rain shower. A part of me wondered if the rains would freak
them out and deter them from moving in, or if they’d love it, seeing as these are native
ants and should be used to the rain and weather here. Only time would tell, but I just couldn’t
wait for 8PM! Night fell, and I returned eagerly to the
Canopy of Vortexia. It seemed more ants had warmed up now, to
the idea of coming out into the territories and feast on our bribe. Humidity had now dropped to the 50s. The rain system was set in place and ready
to deliver the weaver ants’ very first official storm in Vortexia. Ahh I was so excited to watch this live nature
scene happening right before our eyes! The Vortexian storm was to arrive at any moment
now. These ants had no idea what was coming up! And then suddenly without warning, the Great
Vortex arrived. Then, one minute later, the storm was done. The ants were completely covered in tiny water
droplets, but overall OK. I had a feeling they would be, as they’re
well adapted to rain, and I bet they were wondering why it only lasted a minute and
not hours like they were used to. They simply brushed off the water droplets
and continued on with their business. Ants immediately went right back to feeding. As expected, temperatures began to drop and
humidity levels rose. My heart was so full! I just love when a designed system works! We are ultimate Creator of Worlds, AC Family! It seemed the ants were slowly but surely
falling in love with Vortexia, and although they still weren’t making leaf nests, inside
I knew they would eventually. I could tell they were starting to feel at
home in Vortexia because they were beginning to display their signature signs of territorialism
and aggression. Look at that gaster pointed over its head,
jaws open, ready to formic acid spray and attack anyone who tried to come their way. I bet they had claimed this sugar source theirs,
so they were willing to protect it at all costs! We made history today, AC Family! We not only created a world with its own fully
automated weather system and climate, but also welcomed to the channel one of nature’s
absolute miracles. Not many have managed to keep these ants successfully
in captivity for very long, due to their very specific needs. It doesn’t surprise me that in the ant keeping
hobby, those keeping this species imported from their native homes of Southeast Asia
and Australia in temperate climates, don’t last longer than a year. But in our case, AC Family, these awesome
greenish arboreal ants are native here, which increases our chances of success, and speaking
of which, you guys won’t believe what I saw when I looked into Vortexia the next morning. Still no sign of leaf nests, and not much
has changed at the food station, but as I looked closer something peculiar caught my
eye in the shadows. What is that? OMG! Look who’s decided to come out and play. It’s an absolute pleasure to meet you, your
Royal Highness! AC Family, first off, happy 3 Million Subs,
guys! I can’t believe it! We’ve reached another hallmark, and are now
on the road to 4M subs! Thank you guys for always supporting the channel
and opening your hearts to the world of ants! I take none of you for granted and am happy
you guys like these ant videos. Did you enjoy today’s first Weaver Ant episode? What should we name this epic weaver ant colony? Leave your name suggestions in the comments
and I will choose my favourites to vote on in a future video! And, it’s far from done, as the fun has just
begun. OK, that rhymed, but there’s so much ahead! Will the weaver ants finally move in to Vortexia
and build their amazing leaf nests, and is this the official colony queen? You’ll find out more next week, so smash that
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can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to see a hidden video of more footage of the queen weaver
ant I spotted the morning after their very first rain storm! She’s easily one of the most beautiful queen
ants on the planet! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why are pharaoh ants considered one of
the worst ant invaders in the world? There were several correct answers, but congratulations
to RavenBlueFeather who correctly answered: Pharaoh ants are capable of joining
forces with other Pharaoh ants and that makes them very dangerous. Congratulations, RavenBlueFeather, you just
won a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What do weaver ants use to glue leaves
together when making their leaf nests? Leave your answer in the comments section
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Night of the Dracula Ants – an Ant Halloween Musical

Night of the Dracula Ants – an Ant Halloween Musical


There’s something spooky, About this dimension, I mention, this corner of, youtube land, It’s called the Antiverse, Full of kingdoms of epic colonies of ants But tonight, something’s coming, to this Antiverse room, This Dracula ant colony’s brewing, Unsuspecting, what’s coming, to their quiet lil’ ant tower, called Blood Tower, it may be their best hour
or doom. AC Family, come and join us, on
this Halloween Episode, An epic, Ant story, of these ants that are thirsty, for the blood of thier babies, it’s the Dracula Ant Musical. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL ICON! Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Music: Happy_Haunts (epic circus) (2:07) Once upon a time in the Antiverse, There was a kingdom of Dracula Ants, That lived within an Ant Tower called the
Blood Tower! Have you ever heard of the Dracula Ant, These insects are so different, bet you’ve never seen something this abhorrent, Enter the Dracula ants! They seem like caring ants to their larvae, They let the young feed first, aw how sweet, But there’s a reason to this methodology, of these Dracula Ants, You see when the larvae have had their fill, The workers take them down into the Ant Hill, Now that the larvae are fat as hell, Their hemolymph is rich, as well, Hemolymph is the term for “ant blood” And this species is a bit of a cannibal because they drink the hemolymph of their
own larvae, It’s pretty crazy, wouldn’t you say AC Family? With their long mandibles, They make small shallow holes, Into their larvae and cocoons, Drinking the hemolyph, eww It’s how blood-sucking ants, are nourished, their young’s blood is their
main food! This colony of Dracula Ants, grew in size since we saw them last, Doing real well, they’re an ant success, Loving these Dracula ants! Let’s feed them a roach freshly-killed, Watch this AC Family, they will, Carry their larvae out the ant hill, Feeding time for Dracula Ants! Oh, And by the way, this Dracula Ant Colony
needs a name! So, let’s name them, shall we? Please take a moment to vote here, for their
official name from your name suggestions in a previous video! Thank you, AC Council for naming these, larvae-filling,
skin-cutting, blood-sucking… Dracula Ants! Now Dracula ants are certainly cool, but what
I found cooler is that unlike most ants, rumour had it that they show no extra-colony aggression,
meaning if we were to mix two unrelated Dracula ant colonies together, they would not fight,
but instead join forces, and this is a very good thing, an advantage in the ant world
if your species can form supercolonies with other colonies. Why, you ask? How would an ant colony benefit by joining
forces with another ant colony? Well, it’s simple… The more ants there is, the longer they live,
there’s several reasons that ants benefit, More colony members means more ants are fed,
’cause more worker force means more food collected, Yes, just imagine this AC Fam, If we were not 2.3 Million fans, We couldn’t do much to hit algorithms, To make these ant videos trend to no end, Well, ants are the same, To win the game, They “must” grow as quick as they possibly
can! Like when it rains, more help to transport
the brood and the queen, Saved! What! If, the colony’s big,
more workers help to take care of the kids, If, enemies hit, more workers help them have
a good defensive, More ants means more tunnels which means much
more space to manage garbage, bathroom areas, larvae rooms, egg rooms, cocoon rooms, dry
rooms, wet rooms, sleeping rooms… rooms of all kinds! Decisions can be made faster and speaking
of which The number one reason a big colony, increases the chances of them surviving, Is ’cause with more ants all communicating, The smarter they are collectively speaking, A single ant’s message can spread virally, Like hey there’s a cockroach just over this
bridge, It would take much longer to find it if they, were just a small ant colony of say 8! And so you see, joining two ant colonies that
are known to not show intercolony aggression can be a good thing, and it just so happens,
I had another Dracula Ant Colony with which I intended for them to join forces. This big operation is gunna be crazy! Dracula ant introduction, of two ant colonies! This big operation is gunna be crazy! Dracula ant introduction, of two ant colonies! This big operation is gunna be crazy! Dracula ant introduction, of two ant colonies! This big operation is gunna be crazy! Dracula ant introducion of two ant colonies. But before I was going to connect this new
larger ant colony with our young ant colony, I just wanted to test and make sure there
wouldn’t be a battle royale from the introduction, just in case the rumours weren’t true. So to do that, I had to introduce members
from one colony to the other colony, and vice versa to see if the workers would attack each
other. It was an experiment I felt good about and
needed to try. I was nervous… but I had to do this… But were the rumours true? I had to know, I had to try, but if this worker
dies, my conscience will haunt me, hmmm… should I change my mind? But in the name of science, this would be
the perfect instance, of how these Dracula ants can, engage in colony fusion, it’s amazing,
not all species of ants do this, don’t you guys wanna see this happen, I’m interested, Pop the lid open, with my
tweezers pick up one ant and, pull it out then, I shall drop it, I must see this, with
my own two eyes! Let’s do this, AC Family, let’s try! Dropping, the Dracula Ant, in… I’m sorry… How peculiar… Awesome… Untouched… Unscathed… Accepted by the foreign colony… This is awesome! So the rumours, aren’t just rumours, it’s
actually true, our beloved Dracula ants are, willing to accept,
unrelated members, in their Ant Tower, Time to try adding, one of their members into
the other container, to see if the, same thing will
happen, if so we can, introduce them, something tells me, they’ll accept this foreign stranger, And Yes, if this ends up happening, that’s when
we can, go and fuse them, into a supercolony, of Dracula Ants to live
as one big kingdom, and have a mighty Dracula Ant Colony! AC Family, wish me luck let’s go and dive
in, I’m invested, Pop the lid open, with my tweezers
pick up one ant and, pull it out then, I shall drop it, I must see this, with my own two
eyes! Dropping her in and…. Yesss….. Yessss….. They’ve accepted!!!! Haha! It’s time for the Dracula Ant Fusion. This is my favourite part of keeping ants, Designing what they will call their homelands, I take an Ant Tower or two or three, to be connected with vinyl tubing so we can
see them travel, To and from these clear formicariums, I take some soil and pack some into them, I love designing, habitats for creatures like
our, neat Ant Towers, naturalistic, for Dracula ants! Just like this… Now here’s my tip for landscaping a space, Just take your time this isn’t like a race, Just keep your tallest decorations at the
back, and smaller at the sides, and smallest at the front, looks great! Just like this… I want the ants to love this space, so I try
to mimic their natural habitat. Kinda like this… I just love decorating for my ants. Just a few touches! And now I think my landscaping’s complete, What do you think? Don’t these ant farms look neat? The next step is how to get the, new Dracula Ant Colony, to move from their
container into these! And so I had to move the new colony into the
new Ant Towers. And so this is what I did. I took them, and I moved them, over an Outworld to expose them, Delicately, I spilled the contents, into the Outworld to encourage them, out! My plan was, to try to scoop them, these ants running around in the open, And place them into, these Ant Towers a new! And don’t forget that brood, We need to them moved to. And Somewhere in here, there was a gamergate, a fertile worker who laid all of the eggs. I don’t think I’d be able to spot the gamergate,
but I know she’s in here. What will end up happening is the gamergates
of the two colonies will wrestle until one ends up as the reigning dominant and sole
gamergate of the supercolony. She will be the one to lay all the eggs from
hence forward. Pretty neat stuff. And now the moment we’ve all been waiting
for. It was time to officially make our two Dracula
ant colonies one! Night of the Dracula ants, Such suspense, Watching them, I’m still scared that they would fight, Night of the Dracula ants, In a trance, So intense, I watched this whole scene wide-eyed! Night of the Dracula ants, Exploring, their new lands, As one ant approached, I died! Night of the Dracula ants, Wow! It seemed No problems, The two colonies unified, Night of the Dracula ants, They were one, They would dance, At their blood festival, What a sight! Night of the Dracula ants, made me realize, I had, The power to manipulate life! Night of the Dracula ants, New Babies, New hemolymph, They would celebrate by drinking new blood, Night of the Dracula ants, It’s so gross, and twisted, But somehow it felt so, good! Night of the Dracula ants, There was no, aggression, Just a meeting of two vampire tribes! Night of the Dracula ants, They became, a single clan, There was no stopping these vampires, Night of the Dracula ants, We succeeded, this attempt, to strengthen their worker force! Night of the Dracula ants, They were stronger, they would win, Any battle, ant war, any fight! Night of the Dracula ants, They would thrive In their dens, Blood-sucking their sibling’s blood, Night of the Dracula ants, A full moon, Lit the lands, They mixed like I knew they would. Night of the Dracula ants, I would watch Over them, To help them keep on growing, Night of the Dracula ants, Throw a roach, In for them, Feast my vampiric children! Night of the Dracula ants, Now I fully Understand, Why I love ant keeping so much, Night of the Dracula ants, made me realize, I had, The power to manipulate life! Yes, our plan worked! Yes, these ants were One supercolony of vampires! And finally, AC Family, I’m pleased to present
to you the completed New Blood Towers. Isn’t it just magical! All the ants were living harmoniously together,
ants were busy digging new tunnels in the new sections of the tower, and this Dracula
Ant Supercolony now had access to a legit outworld, where they could hunt like a pack
of wolves for prey to bring home, to feed to their babies, so they could feast on their
baby’s blood! So now they’re living, within this dimension, I mention, this corner of, youtube land, Within the Antiverse, Full of kingdoms of epic colonies of ants AC Family, but hold on now, there’s something else I must show, There has been a big change, inside one of the ant kingdoms, it’s the Golden Empire, I’m sorry I will show you next week. Alright, AC Family, did you enjoy this week’s
Halloween musical episode? If there were any songs in particular that
you enjoyed, I have left the time stamps to all the tracks in the description box so you
can jump back to your favourites if you wanna hear them again. It was a lot of fun to write and record! Also, guys, a huge change happened in the
Golden Empire’s kingdom, the Hacienda Del Dorado, and you may be shocked, so hit the
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of our OG ant colonies of the Antiverse! And hit the LIKE button every single time,
including now. By the way, the Ant Towers you saw featured
in this video are now officially available at AntsCanada.com. Do feel free to pick one up and start ant
keeping with me! If you need ants, you can see if there’s a
seller in your area, in the queen ants for sale section, also on our website. If you’re new to the channel, and want to
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playlist here, which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the ant room, so you
can follow their stories and better appreciate how these ant kingdoms came to be, and why
we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch extended play footage of the Dracula ants
living in their new Blood Towers! And before we proceed to the AC Question of
the Week, I’d like to plug my daily vlogging channel, daily vlogs which have become a full
out bird dad channel, as I am now raising a baby African Grey parrot! If you love birds, I’d love for you to meet
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Week! Last week we asked: Why did we have to
cover the nest of these free-roaming ants ASAP
after discovering them? Congratulations to DoodleArt Draw who correctly
answered: You had to cover the ants ASAP
because you were scared that they were going to abandon their home. Congratulations, DoodleArt Draw, you just
won a free e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Name one reason why having
a large colony is advantageous in the ant world! Leave your answer in the comments section
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